Now that you’ve found the new hire your business needs, you want them to stick around. That’s why you use onboarding. Onboarding gives new hires a positive impression and prepares them for a long career at your company.
At least, that’s what onboarding is supposed to do. Have you been hearing some complaints about your process? Employees can’t keep up with their workload and running onboarding, and new hires aren’t getting the tools they need. It seems like nobody’s happy with how things are going. How do you get your onboarding back on track?
Automating time-consuming parts of your orientation process takes the stress out of training a new hire. While saving time and effort is appealing, using automation may worry you. After all, new hires need to meet other employees. How can they do that if onboarding is automated?
In this article, you’ll find out how automation can streamline your onboarding process. You’ll also learn how you can balance automation with human interaction.
Many businesses use onboarding to help new hires build strong work relationships. Will using automation make your onboarding process too impersonal?
No. It may surprise you, but automation makes your onboarding more employee-friendly. Instead of bogging down Human Resources with having to prepare paperwork and other materials, automation takes the load off your existing employees. It gives them time to focus on making the new hire feel welcome.
For example, automating repetitive tasks reduces onboarding time for everyone. Parsons Corporation, a digital security company, reduced their onboarding time by 56 percent. How? By automating their workflow.
Automation doesn’t just support your current employees; it helps new hires too. Busy staff members can easily forget steps of the onboarding process and deprive your new hire of essential information. However, automation can remove that risk of human error and ensure that a new employee receives every step of your onboarding experience.
Businesses can even use automation to make their onboarding fun. Essar, an oil and gas company, turned their onboarding process into a game. By using an interactive 3D onboarding solution, Essar was able to train new hires in an entertaining way. With a positive onboarding process, the company also improved employee retention.
Automation can improve your onboarding process. However, too much automation can make your onboarding ineffective. How can you balance automation with human interaction?
Striking a balance between automation and human contact may seem difficult. To achieve this balance requires planning.
Before you automate, review your process to find out which parts of your system need to be improved. Areas needing improvement are good targets for automation. Here are some onboarding tasks that you can easily transition to automation:
After you’ve automated the repetitive parts of your onboarding process, you and your employees can focus on getting your new hire up to speed.
You value your employees. Show how much you appreciate them by making your onboarding process easier for everyone.
Remember, you don’t have to automate your whole onboarding process. Limit automation to duties like paperwork, basic training, and reminders. Automating these time-consuming tasks lets you spend more time teaching your new hire.
With automation relieving some of the stress, onboarding can be fun for you, your employees, and your new hires.