Onboarding is your first and best opportunity to connect with new employees and introduce them to your company’s culture and ways of working.
It may be a time filled with excitement, but also nervousness for both yourself and new employees. That’s why it’s important to make this next step in their career as smooth as possible. You want new employees to feel supported and get off to the best start possible.
The good news is that we are living in a digital era that makes the onboarding process an engaging and accessible experience for new employees. Check out the below tools that will help you build an enriching onboarding programme. All aboard!
Electronic signature software
Before a new hire’s first day at work, you’ll need to prepare a number of documents in order to integrate them. It’s not uncommon for businesses to print these forms out and have employees sign them when they arrive at the office. However, using a digital signature solution will simplify the task. Not only will you be able to collect signed agreements much more quickly and easier, but also have a place to store them securely online.
When creating a presentation with the goal of onboarding new employees, you should be as effective and engaging as possible to ensure that attendees understand your content. An interactive whiteboard is a multimedia tool that serves as a direct interaction with programs, text, images and video on your computer screen. When there’s a need to host training sessions for incoming employees, an interactive whiteboard already has the elements of education built in, enabling a hands-on approach to training.
You should always have training resources stored online and these should be freely available to employees joining the company. Whether free or paid, a cloud storage solution – which allows you to save files on a third-party server through your business internet connection – can give employees easy access to a wealth of guides on your company’s tools and processes.
New employees typically have many questions. Some these may not be addressed by the person in charge of onboarding. A communication tool such as Microsoft Teams allows them to chat, via text or video, with other employees they might have questions for. Make it clear to current employees that new hires will likely reach out to them for help and that they will be expected to solve queries. Onboarding via communication tools will also ensure that new employees are comfortable using these platforms before they officially start working.
Commit to these tools to make the most of your employee induction process. A successful onboarding will give new hires confidence that they have all of the information and resources they need to be at their most productive.