Your first day in a new job can be a daunting experience, and no matter how strong your skills are, it’s likely you will be unsure about what is expected of you, the people you will be working with and what it’s really like to be part of the company workplace. The onboarding process helps to clear up these uncertainties through a combination of training and orientation to help you to settle in as soon possible.
Here’s what you need to know about onboarding and how to make the most of it.
Prepare for your onboarding
Don’t rely solely on the company’s onboarding program to improve your understanding of the business. You can prepare for your new role by researching the company before your first day. Even if you did this as part of the interview process, doing additional research about the organisation can give you a better idea of what to expect, and how the company operates. That way, your new workplace won’t be completely unfamiliar.
Have essential documents ready
The onboarding process will include some essential administrative tasks such as providing your employer with personal identification and details about your bank account so that you can be included on the payroll as soon as possible. Bring the necessary documents with you on your first day, and if possible, complete any paperwork beforehand.
Getting administrative tasks out of the way at an early stage will demonstrate to your new employer that you are organised and able to plan ahead. It will also let you focus on other aspects of onboarding that can allow you to be more effective in your role.
If you’re unsure about the paperwork you need to bring along on the first day, ask your manager.
Make the most of early introductions
The people you meet as part of your onboarding experience, can have a major influence on your success in the role. Teamwork is essential in today’s workplace, and by aiming to be confident yet approachable, you are more likely to create a positive first impression with your team members.
You may also be introduced to the company’s leaders and senior management. Think about what you will say to them or any questions you would like to ask when you meet them. This is an opportunity to show you already have a good awareness of the company and its market.
Be mindful of office etiquette
The onboarding process can be used to gain further insights into the company culture. This can include learning the unwritten rules of staff behaviour and office etiquette.
Make note of the dress code and whether it differs between departments. Observe whether your co-workers share informal conversations at their desks or is this something that is frowned upon? Do your team members meet for social events outside of business hours? Is there much interaction with colleagues in different departments? Taking the time to make these observations can help you settle into your new workplace sooner and more effectively.
The onboarding process streamlines your transition into a new job and allows you to make a good impression from an early stage. Take a look below at other ways you can leverage the entry process to hit the ground running.
New people, new environment and new protocols – there is much to learn when you start a new job, and your induction training is designed to fast-track the settling in process. But some aspects of induction training can be especially useful. Understanding how colleagues interact for example, can be just as important as grasping the technical elements of your new role.
For more tips on what to learn during your induction training, click here.
The onboarding process is designed to help you settle in your new role and company effectively. But aside from information about how to fulfil your duties, onboarding can also give you insights into the workplace environment, how employees interact, and what it takes to get ahead in the company. By understanding what to pay attention to, you can make the most out of onboarding and start to have a positive impact on the business from day one.
To discover why onboarding is important for your career success, click here.