The hiring process, from start to finish, can feel like a daunting task. And with so much work going into identifying and hiring that perfect new employee, it’s easy to forget that your job isn’t over when the contract is signed!
New employee onboarding is not often a skill that most wedding professionals have in their realm of experience, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be learned. Use these new employee onboarding success tips to set yourself (and your new hire) up for long-term success.
Get a head start
Onboarding a new employee should start before he or she even arrives! The new hire will need to know when to arrive, where to park, how to dress and what to bring on the first day. Make the situation easier for the new hire by providing all this information prior to the first day. Maintain an open and consistent line of communication in the days or weeks leading up to the employee’s first day, and make sure your team is ready internally.
Cover all the basics
In addition to all the HR forms you and the new employee will need to fill out, there are a number of basic steps to take when onboarding a new employee. Even if you have a small store or office, don’t skip the office tour! You’ll need to point out important things like break areas, rest rooms and emergency exits. It’s also important that you go over any emergency procedures with the new employee to keep them up to date on workplace safety. If you have enough employees that it might be confusing for the new hire, provide an organizational chart to show who to report to with questions or issues.
Create a training schedule
No matter how basic the new employee’s tasks will be, create a personalized training schedule to walk him or her through the basics of your company, the role and any other pertinent details. The best way to train a new employee is to spread your trainings over the course of a few days so as to not overwhelm them. Don’t forget to include any internal software or platforms and standard operating procedures in your training sessions. Also outline any best practices that will contribute to the new hire’s success – these may include any processes the former employee in that position had to share. If the position is new, outline any considerations he or she might not know off the bat to keep them on the path to success.
Clear your own calendar
Any new employee, whether entry-level or executive-level, deserves time and attention from the hiring manager or human resources manager. When meeting or training the new employee, set aside any distractions or interruptions so you are able to devote your time to the new hire. New employees often have a lot of questions and there can be a great deal of uncertainty when starting a new position, so having the ear of the manager or supervisor during those first few weeks can help ease the transition.
What strategies have worked for you when onboarding a new employee? Let us know what has worked for you in the comments!