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Integration vs. Orientation: Make Onboarding More Successful

The concept of “onboarding” new employees has been getting a lot of attention lately, but not every employer is making good use of this strategy that has been around since the 1970s. KB Staffing encourages Polk County employers to evaluate if their onboarding process is serving its intended purpose, or if it needs updating. 

Onboarding Is More than Just an Orientation
Some employers are operating under the assumption that a day of orientation is sufficient onboarding for new hires. This is generally not the case. Successful onboarding involves integrating new employees into the workplace in a way that makes them feel that they are accepted, valued members of the team.

The human resources manager should take the time to identify and assess the specific skills, abilities, goals, and needs that a recent hire brings to the table. At the same time, they need to communicate to the new person the company’s own values, vision, goals, dynamics, and culture. Think of it as a “getting to know each other” phase.

Onboarding should be more than a one-time introduction. Schedule a weekly meeting with new employees to discuss how they are acclimating to the workplace. When you work with KB Staffing for your staffing needs, we can assist with this process. 

Orientation should be part of the onboarding procedure, but should not be considered the entire process. The main purpose of orientation should be informing new hires of organizational practices, introductions to coworkers, navigation of workspace, and assignment of identification badges and other necessary work materials.

KB Staffing Can Do More for You
If onboarding sounds like a time-consuming process that will eat into your productivity, let KB Staffing handle the details. As a full-service staffing company in Polk County, we can help your new staff members become accustomed to your company and resolve most issues that arise with our years of staffing experience. KB Staffing is here to provide staffing solutions so you can focus on running your business.