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The 8 commandments of successful onboarding

Employers | 12 February 2020

To successfully integrate a new employee, there are 8 key actions to take to ensure that the first few hours in the company are a real success and a guarantee of a lasting human and professional relationship.

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The 8 commandments of successful onboarding
Your new employee's first day at work is crucial. According to a study carried out by Easyrescue, by the end of their first day of work, 20% of new recruits are already thinking of leaving their job... This is due to a poor welcome and a lack of administrative and technical preparation. Successful onboarding is essential for avoiding this phenomenon. Here are 8 tips to follow to achieve this:

 
#1 Prepare everything in advanceDon’t leave it to the last minute to think about setting up a desk, a network connection and providing a computer, telephone and email address. When the new employee arrives, he or she needs to have all the necessary working equipment, and everything must be functional from the start. You should also provide some office supplies and a reminder of all the codes to remember, for example.

#2 Organise an induction programmeWe've all been greeted with “Yes, well, uh... where shall we start?” There is nothing more unsettling. Prepare a full and detailed programme for this first day or first morning. The employee should feel expected.
 
#3 Arrange a tour of the companyIt sounds like common sense, but it's not enough to simply set up the employee at their desk or workstation for the welcome to be successful. Take them around the main areas of the company.
 
#4 Browse through the contract and the work rulesIf you have not done so before, take a few minutes to go over the employment contract that will have been signed beforehand. Add an explanation of the working rules (hours, dress, behaviour, etc.).

#5 Handle all the practical detailsImmediately afterwards, explain all the practical details related to the work organization: using the car park, how the alarm works, how to request leave, etc.
 
#6 Be availableDon't be satisfied with this one day with your employee. Be available to answer all their questions and requests and make it clear to them that your door is always open.

#7 Talk about the future and training courses from the start Even if it's the first day, you can look a little further ahead. Don't hesitate to talk about any training programmes and development prospects that you have planned for your new employee.

#8 See how they are doingOnce the onboarding is complete, come back to your employee regularly to make sure that they are doing OK and feel that their integration has been successful.

 

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