Vic’s Learnings: Why Time is the Greatest Onboarding Investment
The time investment you make during the first month has a triple payoff: it fosters employee loyalty by making them feel acknowledged and valued, accelerates their productivity and eliminates the need for rework caused by initial missteps.
Always on the go
I occasionally observe challenges from my clients with getting managers on board.They are always on the go and rely on assistants or support staff to execute parts of the onboarding process. Sure, you can delegate certain tasks like ordering supplies or setting up the workplace, but personal contact cannot be replaced.
Therefore, my piece of advice is this: however swamped you are as a manager, always make time for your new employee - even if it’s just half an hour during their first day. Show them that you're stoked to have them on board and that you're all about making their success happen.
And let's be honest, it's also beneficial for the manager. If an employee departs too soon, it means going through the whole process of posting job vacancies, hiring, and onboarding all over again. And that not only consumes a significant amount of time but also costs a lot of money.
Make sure the most important stakeholders invest TIME in the new employee. The rest will follow naturally.
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