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7 Exciting Ideas to Make Employee Onboarding Fun

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Starting a new job is an exciting event at any phase of life. It is a crucial milestone in any employee’s professional journey as they see themselves growing and climbing the ladder of success.

By setting up quality onboarding procedures, you can do your bit in setting the right foundation. A good onboarding process is a great way of forming an emotional bond between the new hire and the company; it is a connection that can make or break employee retention.

Hence, more and more businesses are enhancing the quality of their onboarding programs by taking help from the best onboarding software to attract and retain good talent.

To help you with yours, we have summed up seven creative activities that will surely make your new hire’s initial days of employment fun and unforgettable.

Creating Videos for a Warm Welcome

A nice welcome video will impress the new hire and make them feel loved and valued right from the beginning. Also, it can give them a clear idea of the culture, goals, ethos, and company’s working ways in brief. Videos like these will provide them with many reasons to stay, increasing retention in the organization.

Send the New Hire Some Treat 

Giving your new hires company treats is the best way to make them feel important. You can include things like a company pen, key chain, notebook, or even a mug. Whether your organization works remotely or at the office, a package full of goodies will surely bring a smile to their faces.

Make First Day Fun Day

Making the first day a fun day relieves a lot of stress off the new hires’ chests. It reduces the anxiety and anticipation that comes with a new job. You can decorate the office with balloons, bring in some fresh flowers, or even add a fun Zoom background if your employee is onboarding remotely.

Connect the New Candidate with the Team Before Day 1

The biggest anticipation for any new candidate is who I will work with and who my boss will be. They will not be as anxious and already feel a part of the team. By connecting with them before the big day, you can help them come prepapred to the office confidently.

You can do this with a physical meet and greet or by digitally connecting with them on various social media platforms such as LinkedIn or Facebook.

Schedule an Office Tour

Once the new hire accepts the offer, schedule an office tour for them. An office tour helps them know the place better and also gives you a chance to introduce them to everyone. You can also add a virtual tour via video for remote employees and add it to your preboarding program.

Set Up a Company Quiz

Throw some key questions and answers regarding the company’s culture, work ethics, or team members and other colleagues. This will give the new hire a chance to learn about the company aand the co-workers in a fun way. They will have relevant information and will be better prepared for the week ahead.

Gather Feedback and Optimize Future Onboarding Sessions

Make it a point to gather enough feedback on how the onboarding session was perceived during different stages like preboarding, day one, week one, and more. You can do so by creating a short online survey and by showing appreciation for the feedback. Include questions like:

Was the duration of the onboarding session adequate? Do you feel it made a difference? Is there anything that you feel we missed? Do you have enough knowledge about the company’s policies, ethics, and more?

The new employee will feel fully integrated and valuable to the organization by offering transparency.

Conclusion

Employee onboarding has evolved from being just the same old meet and greet day one sessions. There are countless ways to make the process fun, engaging, interesting, and different from everything else. These simple yet effective ideas have so many benefits for new hires and your team as a whole.

Your employees will never forget how much effort you had put into cultivating the employee-employer relationship. All it takes is a little bit of creativity to get out of the rut and make an unforgettable first impression.

Stanley Gatero is a writer at Disrupt Magazine. He covers topics concerning technology, entrepreneurship, news, and sports. He is an avid traveler.

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