Onboarding is the best opportunity to make a lasting impression on employees—first impressions count. A positive onboarding experience can lead to employees staying longer, higher engagement, and a better understanding of the values and behaviors that make up the company culture. It’s important to create an onboarding experience that puts culture first as opposed to treating it as an additional component.
Instilling company culture early and at every opportunity is advantageous for both the employer and employee. Anyone who has changed organizations can speak to the steep learning curve, which often doesn’t apply to the technical pieces of their role. It refers to the unspoken rules and values that are behind every decision. As for leaders, this upfront commitment to culture supports their employees, allowing them to be productive and effective much sooner.
The first step is to create the space to have a culture-focused onboarding experience. Onboarding is often focused on compliance and paperwork—benefits, payroll, retirement, policies, etc. You can get these out of the way even before the employee’s first day, which will allow you to focus on the more important aspects of onboarding.
You can use a tool like GoCo to send all HR documents. The Magic Docs functionality allows users to digitally sign, complete, and track all forms. Your employee won’t have to scan, print, or email documents. They will be able to complete the entire new hire process in a few minutes, including payroll information and health benefits enrollments. You can also easily collect compliance documents like the I-9 and the W-4 with GoCo.
An automated process for compliance paperwork is indispensable from a productivity perspective, but it’s also a key aspect of the new hire experience. Your new hire wants to focus on their new company; not on signing documents.
Avoid the unnecessary burden of completing onboarding documents and implement an HRMS platform like GoCo to elevate the employee onboarding experience, reduce the administrative burden on your HR team, and allow everyone to focus on the company culture components of onboarding.
Onboarding is not limited to the first day or week of a new employee’s journey. It can take months until an employee is fully productive in a new organization. By focusing on culture during the employee’s initial week, you’ll increase engagement and set them up for success in navigating the workplace.
By focusing on instilling company culture early and at every opportunity, you’ll elevate the onboarding experience and help new employees feel connected to your organization from the very first day.