Onboarding is not simply about your company gaining another employee. Instead, it is more focused on the person who is joining. While filling out HR forms and reading training manuals is important, it is not an accurate definition of onboarding.
Onboarding is the process of helping new employees acquire the knowledge and skills to become effective members of the organization. A large part of that process means ensuring employees know who they need work with to accomplish their job duties. Good relationships with team members is important. Research shows that newcomers who have been able to build relationships with co-workers are more productive in the long run. These individuals tend to be higher performers and are more satisfied with their work.
Onboarding also means providing a platform to network with these co-workers across dispersed office locations. With an enterprise social network, a new hire will have access to detailed social profiles that provide insights about the expertise and experience of their new coworkers. Social onboarding makes it much easier for new hires to strike roots and become more comfortable with their new surroundings.
Newcomers tend to be more anxious about their performance. This makes them more risk-averse in their decision making and more reluctant to make innovative suggestions in group meetings. You can use the content on an organization’s social platform to nurture relationships prior to the new hire joining.
Enterprise Social Networks
Often when the organizations fail to provide a social platform, employees just go and create a Facebook group for themselves! Social networks are a big hit, and with the right insight and planning, the success can be repeated with enterprise social networks. Social onboarding does not replace face-to-face time, but it makes the actual time spent onboarding and orienting a candidate by HR or the team members more focused and tailored to the individual needs of the new hires. Employee gamification and the availability of resources over mobile provide additional help for the new hires to assimilate information quickly and better navigate the organization.
Social Onboarding With MangoApps
If you don’t know where to start with social onboarding, try using the MangoApps enterprise social platform! With MangoApps, employees are quickly onboarded and given appropriate access to team members and relevant company information. You can sign up for a demo with the link below.