February 14, 2017

Onboarding vs. orientation

Too often companies fall into the habit of talking about onboarding and overlook the importance of orientation and the effect it can have on retention. There’s a distinct difference between the two. Onboarding builds an employee for their long-term career at your company and orientation provides them with the confidence to start.

Orientation should introduce employees to the company culture and their role within the company — it’s the first step toward their success and a vital part of the onboarding process.

In order to maximize first impressions here are some tips to create a better orientation:

September 12, 2016
How To Maintain Employee Retention

HR manager onboarding a new employee

Onboarding is critical to employee retention. Why? Well, the sooner your new employee is comfortable in their role the sooner they’ll be able to contribute. BirdDogHR’s Michelle Stedman recently wrote an article about the importance of onboarding for Business Woman Media.

Personalization isn’t just a trend; we’re seeing the benefits everywhere from the classroom to online shopping and well beyond. Personalization adds value to the individual and fosters faster growth so, naturally, it benefits onboarding.

In her article, Why You Should Customize Onboarding Induction for Employees, Stedman discusses several different ways that you can increase the value of your onboarding process and retain your new talent.

August 31, 2016

BirdDogHR VP Operations Michelle Stedman

BirdDogHR recently contributed an article titled Unique Challenges of Onboarding for Small Businesses and 3 Mistakes to Avoid on Women On Business.

In this article we explore important onboarding topics including the role that all team members play in onboarding new employees, how workspaces and resources make a first impression, and when to give feedback.

Visit Women On Business to read the full article.

August 30, 2016

Smiling woman talking to man across her desk

An onboarding strategy is one of the most important processes your company should adopt. For one thing, it’s your first chance as an employer to define expectations and convince new staff to become invested in your company and its work. It’s the time when new hires are supported to shift from an individual mentality to that of a team. And it’s an opportunity for your business to show how well it’s organized, as it manages logistics during those first few days.

Effective onboarding strategies make a difference. In fact, employees onboarded through a standard process have 54% greater new hire productivity and are 50% more likely to retain those new employees. Yet one-fifth of companies have no formal program.

Even if you have a standard onboarding policy, there’s always room for improvement. Here are a few things that may be missing from your strategy.

Early Onboarding

A new hire’s onboarding should begin as soon as they accept the job offer.

August 3, 2016

Smiling woman in a flannel shirt

Knowing new hire needs can be difficult when all you have to go off of is interviews and applications. New hires want to make a good first impression, but the first few days of employment are a two-way street. You should impress them just as much as they should impress you.

With an automated onboarding process you can ensure compliance and excite new hires for their future role within your organization. Automated onboarding starts with a paperless process that reduces data input error and gets employees into their roles faster. An automated onboarding process saves time and shows your employees what a modern organization they are working for.

July 5, 2016

Young man smiling at co-worker

First impressions have always been important, but the first impression your new hires gets of the company will most likely determine if they continue working for you or not. According to a SHRM study, half of all senior outside hires fail within 18 months in a new position and half of all hourly workers leave new jobs within the first 120 days. An effective onboarding process is the key to impressing and engaging new hires on day one.

An effective onboarding process starts with a 100 percent paperless process. This reduces the time it takes to fill out new hire paperwork, reduces the chance for data input error and ensures compliance. Plus new hires will see that your organization is modern, while getting into their role faster.

After quickly getting them through the paperless process, immerse them in the company culture. Show off the values, goals and the vision of the company, while making expectations explicit. They should know what they are working towards and what is expected from them right from the start.

December 1, 2015

Smiling man shaking hands

Getting new employees through the new hire paperwork process takes time and there is always the risk of data input error. Using an automated onboarding system that starts with automating the data collection of I-9, W-4 and E-verify forms creates a 100 percent paperless process that is quick for the human resources department to use and lessens the chance for error. By implementing an automated system for onboarding your company will not only make a great first impression on your new employees, but it will get them prepped for their role in the company faster. New employees who go through a structured onboarding program are 58 percent more likely to be with the organization after three years (Source).

July 15, 2015

Employees welcoming a new coworker

You know what they say about first impressions – you never get a second chance.

The statement rings particularly true for HR professionals when it’s a new hire’s first day on the job. It’s in those initial moments that the tone is set for a successful career, while also embedding a positive outlook about your company for years to come.