A clearly defined list of responsibilities for each line manager when they onboard a new employee is invaluable. This could be as simple as a step-by step list they print out and complete. Or something a little more sophisticated, managed by an onboarding system and tailored to their new starter. That same system can help manage the process and timelines, with automated email reminders, so line managers (and their new starters) can easily keep on top of their ‘to do’ list.
Make it part of their performance plan
Linking the completion of onboarding processes – and in particular the experience of new starters – to a line manager’s performance plan can be highly effective. It creates a win-win situation where line managers start to see onboarding as their responsibility, new joiners get a great experience at the start of their time with you, and everyone benefits from the new employee’s enhanced performance.
Reward and celebrate
Where line managers have done a great job in onboarding new joiners, shout about this and share their success stories. Rewards and incentive schemes are also a great way to keep the importance of onboarding front of mind.
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