By: Brian Berry / HR Manager
Remember how you felt when you started a new job? The excitement, the anticipation and that feeling of a new beginning. Starting a new job is refreshing and can be very motivating. Employers have an opportunity to extend that honeymoon feeling through to their entire employment experience with a unique on-boarding process.
Creating an effective on-boarding process starts with the interview. The first point of contact is an employer’s opportunity to begin setting expectations or painting a picture of what working for your company looks like. Painting a picture that is honest about your company’s culture and the functions of the job is invaluable in the interview process. You want your candidate to visualize themselves doing the job and working in the environment. It can be very difficult to overcome a big surprise on the first day of the job.
Secondly, a thorough employee orientation is a must. Taking the time to properly educate a new employee on the company mission, vision and values can set the stage for understanding the foundation of the company. Setting the standard for how co-workers are expected to interact and the importance of it as it applies to the success of the company can make all of the difference. Orientations should be organized and planned out for new employees. Having a schedule with the new employee will help to alleviate any kind of fear associated with those first few days.
How can we make the honeymoon feeling last forever in our company? Simple…create an environment where co-workers can easily connect and establish strong, positive relationships with each other. Well, it may not be simple, but it is possible. Here is how we have done it:
- Trust - a simple expectation of all employees to truly trust one another. Easier for some than others but constant reminders of the importance of trust in business. You have to give it to get it.
- Fun - Make an effort to have fun every day at work. Make it OK to have fun at work.
- Passion - Create passion for your company and your team. Invite people to bring their passions to work with them and engage other people.
- Love – Expect your employees to show their love through their actions. Think of others first and act on it.
These have been our values as a company for 17 years and have helped us create strong, positive working relationships internally. Those relationships make the ups and the downs of any job manageable and even fun. Strong internal relationships will help reduce the number of negative employee relations issues as well as create much better teamwork.
Engaging employees through strong, positive working relationships can be the key to creating a culture where employees want to work. Retaining employees becomes a much easier endeavor if your employees want to be there.