I don’t have to tell you that onboarding is a crucial part of the hiring process.
New employees are going to have their reservations, even if they’re highly qualified. Entering a new environment is always nerve-wracking to some extent.
Everyone would probably like to be amazing at their new job immediately, but that just isn’t the reality for most people. There are going to be hiccups. Mistakes are going to be made.
But there are steps you can take to make the onboarding process smoother for new employees. Have you tried giving your new employees process posters?
Process posters are nothing fancy, but they’re useful to have. They’re simply a quick reference sheet that breaks down a process into easy to understand steps. Plus, even once an employee has been working at a place for a while, they might still find themselves needing an informational refresher every now and then. Having a reference sheet doesn’t hurt.
Now, I know that if your company is in the startup stages, you probably don’t have rigid processes in place. You’re probably still feeling out what works and what doesn’t.
But you probably have certain tools that you use or processes for decision making that you would like new employees to use. For example, you might have a process for brainstorming that you want your new employee to start using. You could create a process poster that walks them through that process, which they can then pin up in their workspace for inspiration.
Creating a poster is also a good opportunity to put some thought into standardizing your onboarding processes. Even if you change those processes after a while, trying one process consistently to see if it works and then modifying it will yield more trackable, reliable results. You will be able to see places where there are gaps in information, or where new employees met roadblocks.
This infographic by Venngage walks you through the steps for creating a process poster.