First impressions, although sometimes not completely accurate, are important in determining how a relationship may go. This is also true when bringing a new employee onboard your organization. Most of the time during the new hire onboarding process, we focus on what our first impression is of the new employee but fail to consider their first impressions of the organization. With over 60% of executives in the Health & Human Services Industry prioritizing recruiting and retention in 2017, making the right first impression is an important first step to strengthening these areas.
Many modern organizations have seen an increase in engagement with a digitally-driven onboarding procedure that streamlines the process and eliminates the need for the new employee to spend hours completing paperwork.
Why Digital Onboarding?
Leaving the comfort of your current onboarding procedure can seem like a difficult transition. However, digital onboarding has been proven to increase productivity while decreasing costs. Normally, new employees will spend their first few days filling out paperwork and listening to introductory presentations. However, this is the perfect time for new hires to get adjusted to their new position within the organization. With digital onboarding, these procedures can be completed prior to their initial start date through the process of pre-boarding. By getting your employees paperwork out of the way, they will immediately be able to jump right into their role, while also allowing the employee in charge of new hire onboarding to attribute their time to engagement initiatives, instead of paper filing.
Along with increasing productivity, HR Gazette points out that your organization can also decrease costs by implementing a digital onboarding system. Currently, organizations that use a manual procedure allocate additional funds to materials for building these paper-based processes that could easily be misplaced and become useless. The onboarding process can be simplified with technological tools that are more cost effective and more reliable for holds all necessary resources, such as documents and credentials, for an extended period. Additionally, your organization will save funds towards labor, as fewer employees will be needed to onboard new hires and all employees will be able to allocate their time more effectively, instead of spending it on onboarding.
What Can You Do?
If your organization hasn’t made the move away from its current disorganized, manual procedure, it may be time to do so. Onboarding new hires efficiently is essential, and with the right system in place, you may be able to benefit your new employees past the hiring stage. The right solution can help keep them compliant with later processes such as payroll, benefits, and credentials all the way through retirement.
The processes that some organizations currently have in place could discourage new hires, damage the employer brand, and ultimately decrease employee engagement. This will evidentially decrease an organization’s retention rate and prevent the employees from providing their organization with their true value.
In the coming years, your organization is going to continue to onboard more and more millennials. As this happens, adapting to their needs will become a top priority for your organization. This tech-savvy generation may not want to modify to manual procedures and will may get the wrong first impression of your organization. Take the right steps today and adapt a digital employee onboarding procedure that will take your organization into the future.