Pre-boarding your new hires is one of the easiest ways to ensure that they actually turn up for their first day of work. The process to pre-board new hires helps to alleviate anxiety and jitters that go along with starting a new job.
Many of these anxieties and jitters can cause people to leave a job within the first month of being hired. However, when you take the time to preboard your employees who are more likely to retain great talent.
When Does Pre-boarding Happen?
Preboarding is the time between when new hires get the job offer and the day on which they begin.
One of the easiest ways to prepare new employees to start their job is to send them a preboarding swag pack.
While they are waiting to be onboarded getting a gift from you is a great way to reassure them that they made the right choice by joining your company.
You may be wondering what makes an appropriate preboarding swag pack gift. It doesn’t have to be one item, it can be several small items. A great idea is to give your new employees branded gifts, such as tote bags, pens and notebooks.
1) Get a Head Start
There are certain onboarding tasks that can be moved to the preboarding stage. You can set up the necessary company accounts and let your new hire sign up any necessary forms in the preboarding stage. This means that your new employee will not have to spend their first day doing all of this.
They can start focusing on the task at hand from the very beginning. It makes it easier for them to settle in on their first day of work.
2) Discuss Expectations
Fear is one of the main reasons why many new hires decide not to show up on the first day. When people don’t know what to expect they become fearful. You can quickly alleviate this fear by telling new hires what to expect even before they ask.
While there are many factors that can contribute to my new hires being nervous giving them some information can go a long way in alleviating their jitters.
In addition to telling your new hires verbally what to expect you can go ahead and send them a calendar for the first week on the job. You can show them when they will have training sessions, meetings with coworkers and any other critical information that will keep them in the loop about what their first day on the job will look like.
3) Engage Your New Hires
Keeping your new hires especially when they’re extremely talented is something you need to do for the growth and development of your business. However, you need to ensure that you do whatever is necessary for the downtime between when they get the job and when they start a job.
This is usually the time when a lot of new hires decide against starting with a company or they may take up another job offer. Keeping them engaged during the preboarding stage is critical.