– Why you need to get it right from the beginning.
Companies hoping to recruit the best and the brightest must demonstrate that they trust their employees with the freedom to work anywhere. They must assume that they’re buying talent and dedication, not what the Brazilians call “butt-on-chair time.
In a Nutshell
No one said being the new kid on the block was easy. Especially, if you’re a new hire trying to figure out how your new office works. While existing employees may hardly (anymore) notice them, there are certain aspects of a company that can make it seem more like a minefield rather than an office.
Like, the acronyms and office lingo that everyone but the new hire gets; or the subtle undercurrents that run through meetings and social gatherings that the new person has no clue about; and the performance indicators that are often forgotten until it’s time for their first appraisal. The onboarding process doesn’t mean showing the new recruit where the toilet is or who their colleagues are. Neither is it just about helping them understand the company’s rules and expectations through weighty employee manuals.
Instead, it’s an ongoing process of assimilation, which recent research has proved, could take up to an entire year. For, people need to be allowed to start slow in a new environment and pick up pace when they feel ready to. It won’t help to assume that a newly recruited person will come ready to hit the ground running and be immediately productive. In other words, if you believe in letting your new hires sink or swim their way into the company, then be ready to sink yourself.