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How to run an efficient orientation process when you’re a start-up or fast-growing business

Orientation processes aren’t reserved for well-established businesses whose brand names are known across the globe.

No matter the size of your organisation, they’re an integral part of the recruitment process and play a key role in staff retention.

One of the most frequent complaints from employees who join new companies is that they are left to ‘sink or swim’, with minimal guidance from their managers. Sometimes new recruits say they’re met with huge volumes of information they can’t process and end up forgetting what they’ve learnt before they’ve reached the first-morning coffee break.

We’ve brought you some tips for making your orientation more successful, leading to better staff retention and improved employee engagement in the long-run.

Utilise technology

Hosting a big, flashy event every time you have new staff join the organisation could get pricey, something most smaller businesses just aren’t able to afford. But by investing in technology to support your orientation goals, you can re-use the products with each new cohort. Saving both time and money, an external technology solution provides an easy system that you can put in place and it’s likely to impress your employees. Technology-based orientation systems have the benefit of being interactive, meaning you’re more likely to really engage those new starters and retain their interest.

Build relationships

For most people, joining a new company isn’t just about doing an efficient job. It’s about building relationships with new colleagues and becoming a valued member of a productive team. Fast-growing companies need to be even more mindful of developing relationships, as these are the foundations that will support future growth. By making the orientation process as interactive, fun and engaging as possible, you can set the benchmark for your yourself and encourage teamwork right from the outset.

Time efficient

Using an orientation solution can save an organisation precious time, particularly if it’s tech-based. Organising high-profile and engaging face-to-face events can be incredibly time-consuming, which along with cost, isn’t always feasible. Tech-based games that can be tailored to meet the needs of your brand are more efficient, which makes them a preferable option for developing companies. You may not have a dedicated events team in place, but gamification tools can support you in getting started.

Consistency

When you are in the early stages of building a brand, it’s more important than ever to make sure that everyone is on the same page. If you’re recruiting large numbers of employees, it’s crucial that they fully understand the goals and objectives of your organisation, so that they can play a key role in the brand’s development. A smooth, well-organised, interactive orientation process can help to build the team dynamic you’re after right from the outset. It will also help to educate your new starters so that they understand company culture and feel like they fit in from day one.

Talent retention

Retaining good talent is important, especially for smaller and growing companies. Replacing employees isn’t easy, with some studies suggesting it can cost 200% of the person’s annual salary. We know that at least half of millennials don’t plan to spend longer than two years in a job- meaning the hiring process could get costly. Investing in your staff makes them more likely to stay loyal to the brand and seek opportunities to develop internally. To drive the best results, make sure to include your employees in the orientation process and ask their opinions about what they want to see and how they want to learn. Your new starters are your future, so make sure they feel valued from the very first day.

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