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The Importance of Proactive Onboarding

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hiring and training a new employee can be a daunting task. There is paperwork to be prepared, job responsibilities to be outlined, and myriad organizational hoops to jump through. However, with a little preparation on management’s part, the onboarding process can go smoothly for everyone involved. "Transitions are periods of opportunity, a chance to start fresh and to make needed changes in an organization,” according to leadership expert Michael Watkins. “But they are also periods of acute vulnerability because you lack established working relationships and a detailed understanding of your new role." This means a lack of proper onboarding procedures can cost time and money. According to the International Data Corporation, U.S. and U.K. workers cost their employers $37 billion each year due to a lack of understanding of their jobs. That is why it is important to be clear from the beginning what the responsibilities of the job will entail, and potential employees should be given a written outline of the objectives and responsibilities of the job. After they are hired, especially for the first few months, managers should check in with them regularly to ensure there are no snags along the way.

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