What is on-boarding?
On-boarding is the process which begins from the moment a candidate accepts a role, through to when they are fully operational.
Why does it matter?
The most critical period in recruitment starts from the moment you make the job offer. From a business perspective it can take several weeks for compliance to complete formal contracts and get them sent out, however this is a very risky period in terms of holding the applicants interest. The successful candidate may be counter offered by their current employer or a competitor who makes them feel more valued if you don’t stay in contact with them. In turn, they may just get cold feet about such a big life change, after all, we spend a lot of time in work.
How can you handle the process efficiently?
It is essential that you keep the candidate excited about the new opportunity, whilst ensuring the experience is consistent and positive as they work their notice period and complete screening.
Remember that on-boarding doesn’t stop after their first day. Going forward the candidate needs to be fully supported by their line manager so that they are integrated both professionally and personally into the team, department and organisation. This could be assisted by a buddy system and scheduled regular catch ups with management. In turn, ask the individual for feedback on how they felt the on-boarding process went, there is always room for improvement and putting the effort into getting the on-boarding of a new employee right will always pay dividends. That person will immediately feel valued, creating a foundation for a long and happy career with you.
- David Nuttall, Business Relationship Manager
How can Resource Management help?
Whilst in recruitment we deal with the vacancy lifecycle on a daily basis, it is easy to forget that both candidates and hiring managers may not have the same level of detailed knowledge. This is why the provision of specialist outsourcing models can ensure organisations have expert and knowledgeable business partners to provide value to both candidate and client. By taking ownership of the on-boarding logistics, it ensures the best talent is attracted and retained whilst allowing the business to continue BAU with minimal loss in Hiring Manager productivity. The cost of bringing in a new resource is effectively ‘priced in’ to the whole recruitment lifecycle rather than just a finders fee; ensuring a value for money process.
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