We organized a new hire productivity Tweetchat, asking all the questions that have been on our minds for a while. Who else is better to ask than HR professionals themselves? Find some of the the most compelling answers in this post.
For those of you who are new to this (we sure were!), a Tweetchat is the perfect social media tool for sharing collective wisdom. With an audience of seasoned HR and talent management professionals, we knew that the results would not disappoint. Below are some of the questions we tackled together during the #Talmundo Tweetchat round 1.
How does your company welcome your New Hires?
Different patterns have emerged for companies of varied sizes - from "making new hires feel like members of their family" as a new hire welcome approach for smaller teams, to structured pre-boarding and induction sessions for graduate hires in larger organizations. All participants agreed that new employees require the company's full attention, even though more often than not, onboarding ends up being a matter of ad-hoc activities, and not subject to a long-term system.
A1 New hires should be made to feel like they are a valued member of the team from day one #Talmundo
Many Twitter users have mentioned, that, when operating at capacity, the team can simply have no time to welcome the new hire, leaving them in a stressful position, where their tasks may be plenty but rules of the game have still not been clarified.
With more and more Millennials joining the workforce, have you had to adapt your approach to new hires for this group? How?
This hot social media topic led to a lot of great responses, focused on the fact that new Millennial hires are expected to be more tech-savvy and dynamic in their approach to companies they join. They want to take on more responsibilty from day 1, get constructive feedback along the way, making great brand advocates when treated well.
A3 You have to assume they'll be far more informed about your company via social media and chat groups, so get active there #Talmundo
What are the KPIs for your company’s employee onboarding?
From the influence of onboarding on long-term employee retention to rising productivity of new hires, the discussion evolved around the need for better ways to measure HR KPIs and present the business case to other company departments.
A4 Retention rate & 'time to productivity' are often used as key metrics #Talmundo
Want to find a way to measure your achievements in employee onboarding? Check if your questions about measuring employee turnover have been answered in our FAQs post.
What activities have you found to be the most successful for employee engagement?
While focusing on making an effort to engage employees in the first place, our followers suggested to come up with more concrete initiatives, such as timely reviews, team breakfasts, 1:1 meetings and mentorship schemes. Not sure what to do with your new hires beyond the first week? Download our New Hire Milestones Checklist to never be lost in orientation activities again.
A5 Assigning buddies and mentors is a great way of engaging with new staff #Talmundo