In this series, we’re discussing the keys to successful strategic onboarding: people, culture, and milestones and tasks. In my previous post, I talked about why and how people play a crucial role in the onboarding process, and the most involved and impactful groups in the process. In this post, let’s put the spotlight on culture, why it’s important, and how to integrate it into your onboarding process.
Company culture has become a serious buzz term. But here, we don’t mean free lunches and foosball tables. We mean your company’s core beliefs – a set of values that your employees strive to work and live by.
Think of your company culture as similar to that of a country, a set of customs that influence our day-to-day lives. During onboarding, showcase that to your new hire.
Tell your organization’s story: how it was founded, its history, its story today, and the story you hope to tell in a year or two. A company’s mission, vision and values help employees find meaning in their roles, and see how they are connected to the bigger picture. From an early engagement and retention standpoint, it’s important that new hires understand how their work contributes to organizational success, and the types of personal goals they can set as well.
Ceridian’s Pulse of Talent found that high performing respondents were more likely to work for companies that have clear values (85%), and far more likely to know their company’s business goals (72%).
Here are a few ways to integrate culture into onboarding and the new-hire experience:
When your new hires are clear on your culture, it can lead to faster time to productivity – they’ll arrive on their first day aligned with your greater mission and vision, and will be able to fit in faster with their new team.
Additionally, as discussed above and in a previous post, a repeatable and consistent onboarding process is easier to manage from an administrative point of view. Integrating and communicating culture as part of onboarding unifies and systemizes how every employee in your organization learns about and experiences it.