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New Hire Orientation Ideas to Engage New Employees Beyond Day 1

New hire orientation ideas are indispensable to drive employee engagement beyond day one, we look at some approaches. 

First impressions have been created on Day One of your new hire orientation program. Introductions and hand holdings are done and dusted. What’s next? What approaches can companies adopt? What methods are being used? Who can be leveraged in the organization for orienting new hires?

These questions and other initiatives surrounding new hires can be addressed effectively with the help of a new hire orientation map.

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Touch Points of the New Hire

A new hire’s early experience is highly influenced by his peers, managers, subordinates, the HR team members and the organization’s top management either directly or indirectly. This new hire orientation map depicts the various touch points for the new hire during the new hire orientation process. An onboarding manager’s approach and initiatives should take into cognizance all touch points. We look at some ideas.

New Hire Onboarding is a Two Way Street

Employers should be open to accepting ideas and opinions from the new hires.

Help the New Hire Hit the Ground Running

Effective New hire onboarding has learning and training and employee engagement programs integrated into its structure. All new hires, fresh graduates and laterals need some form of training to help them assimilate into their job and start contributing at the earliest.

Engage the New Hire

Early engagement of the new hire is critical to the success of the new employee orientation program. Employee engagement is no longer just about motivation to contribute as an individual but to be aligned to employer business goals and customer requirements.

Look out for Leaders

Companies are always scouting for that special talent with leadership abilities. Onboarding managers and senior leaders should leverage the onboarding phase to identify this talent and fasttrack them into the organization’s existing leadership development programs.

Line of Sight – Career Decision, Not Just a Job

A popular question managers ask their new hires, “Where do you see yourself in the next 2 years, 5 years?”. An onboarding program provides an opportunity to gauge the long term goals of the new hire at the earliest. Onboarding managers can team up with manager and peer-mentors during the new hire orientation program and help the new hire make a career decision.

Organizational Socialization

A study by SHRM Foundation titled Onboarding New Employees : Maximizing Success refers to organizational socialization as one of the approaches to onboarding. According to this study “Every organization has its own version of the complex process through which new hires can learn attitudes, knowledge, skills, culture and behaviors”.  While onboarding researchers term this as organizational socialization, the basic idea is to ensure that the new hires feel welcome and are prepared enough to make contributions at the earliest. Employers of choice have recognized the possible role of peers, managers and top management in helping an individual contribute to company’s growth – another testimony to Organizational Socialization.

So, what new hire orientation ideas does your organization implement after day 1? What has worked, and what hasn’t? Do share in comments.