7 re-boarding tips to decrease employee stress

The world has re-opened following the pandemic shutdown, but the stress of uncertainty and change has impacted workplaces everywhere. We spoke to Dr. Julie McCarthy, Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management, at the Uasetweniversity of Toronto, to learn employee re-boarding tips and strategies to succeed during times of stress. You can read the full article here, or you can continue reading below for our 3-minute overview! You have more control over employee stress than you might have thought.

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1. PATIENCE ASSISTS WITH EMPLOYEE TENSIONS

Everyone’s pandemic experience is different. Applying your communication skills (one of the 6C’s) is vital to dampen tensions and feelings of frustration. Employee-overwhelm and burn-out are very real physical experiences demanding patience and open lines of communication with co-workers.

2. SELF-CARE PRIMES EMPLOYEES FOR PRODUCTIVITY

This won’t be the last time you’ll be told that during times of stress you must be aware of taking care of yourself. We understand that it's during these times when we most need self-care that we also feel the least motivated to do so. Exercising daily (even 15 mins of stretching), eating clean foods, and having 7.5-8 hours of sleep daily are critical ingredients for physical and psychological health. Encourage employees to consciously relax and practice mindfulness. These habits will increase levels of productivity and focus flow.

 

3. TAKING BREAKS TAPS INTO COGNITIVE SUPER-POWERS

The science of breaks tells us that we need a 15-20 minute break for every 1 ½ hour of cognitively demanding work. It’s also important to recognize that we are most productive in the morning and have the least energy between 2-3 pm. Try to incorporate these natural cognitive boosting habits into your employees daily schedule.

4. BOOSTING POSITIVITY LEADS TO HAPPIER WORKPLACES

It takes mental effort to catch ourselves from spiraling into varied states of anxiety, especially when things are out of our control. When we bring any level of anxiety to an environment, people feel it. Building positivity into reboarding strategies has the power to create uplifting employee experiences. Smile when in the office, compile an uplifting music playlist, have positive conversations, and celebrate things such as birthdays, kindness, team successes, and customer wins.

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You might also be interested in this reboarding cheat sheet article or our reboarding webinar hosted by Preppio’s Talya Bauer, Chief Scientific Advisor, and CEO, Amin Fard 👉 Enjoy!

5. SHIFTING YOUR MINDSET TO POSITIVITY AIDS PROBLEM-SOLVING AT WORK

Often, it’s our interpretation of an event, rather than the negative event itself, that is the real problem. Our interpretation of a negative event leads us to either react (anchored in a negative mindset) or to respond (anchored in a well-considered, productive mindset). By applying this approach to challenges, issues, and problems at work, HR teams and managers can implement positive strategic adaptations to their employee experience onboarding, as people head back to the office.

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6. SLOWING DOWN TO SPEED UP CREATES A HEALTHY WORK-LIFE BALANCE

To effectively put in place the above protection and rejuvenation strategies which ultimately ramp up how we function, you need to slow down. Dr. McCarthy calls this a state of “continuous partial attention”, the result of the daily juggling act where no one thing is rewarded with any real focus. Reflection and mindfulness will enhance your clarity, confidence, and efficacy at work, giving you the added benefit of flowing into other areas of your life too.

7. DEMONSTRATING COMPASSION BUILDS RESILIENT WORKPLACES

Recognize that strong interpersonal connections are a source of resilience throughout life. In the workplace investing in building relationships with your coworkers is no different. Engaging in active listening and helping them when you can, are two great places to start. Research indicates that when we show others compassion, we inadvertently help ourselves triggering the phenomenon known as ‘helpers high’.

Welcoming your employees back and doing it safely is your challenge. Preppio’s challenge is to help you to get there. Book a call to learn more!


10 actionable ways to automate employee onboarding

Organizations only get one chance to make a great first impression with new employees, and a brief window of time to set them up for a mutually positive relationship. For large organizations, especially with thousands of front-line workers, automation improves employee onboarding by delivering a consistent, helpful system that informs their people, supports their new-hire journey, and leads to long-term results. That's why we're sharing 10 ways to automate employee onboarding in your company.

Google was able to jump-start new employee productivity by a full month with one simple automation: The day before new hire orientation they started sending hiring managers an email containing new hire checklists and tips.

10 ways to automate employee onboarding

    1. Use templates and reminders to send pre-hire paperwork before the first day on the job to leverage compliance.
    2. Leverage connection by sending pre-written, scheduled texts, emails, and videos to your new hire before their first day. Their manager, peers, and HR can get in on the action to give the new hire an extra special welcome.
    3. Formalize your onboarding process in order to set up automation. A formalized onboarding plan has been shown to be more effective both qualitatively and quantitatively.
    4. Set up automatic reminders and template messages for assigned buddies to send new hires during their first weeks on the job. Use technology to make sure that actions are completed.
    5. Alert HR of actions not yet completed using automated technology, such as making sure that appropriate welcomes are completed. (Subject to your organizational needs).
    6. HR can leverage clarity and connection by using communication tools to gather feedback during the first weeks and months on the job.  Asking what works for new hires is a clever way to open up channels for learning and to check in on how they’re feeling.
    7. Key milestones are important for new employees. Automated onboarding technology keeps your program on track with check-ins at 30, 60, 90, and 120 days through to 1 full year.
    8. Successfully lock in your stakeholders to leverage connection. With automated technology in place, stakeholder responsibilities become scheduled commitments encouraging appropriate planning and time management.
    9. Personalize the new hire onboarding experiences with forms, activities, to-do lists, maps, and photos of team members. These can all be efficiently and conveniently stored and accessed.
    10. Create automatic "nudges" for managers. With the right budges, micro-coaching, follow-ups, and less time doing mundane tasks, managers can become better at onboarding and become better leaders.

Automate employee onboarding with technology that is easy to use!

Put plainly, organizations cannot afford to ignore the role of technology in helping to create efficient and effective onboarding programs for new employees. A well-thought-through program can be easily monitored over time. Technology allows you to see who’s using the system with dashboards offering quick snap-shots.

Automating onboarding software is an investment in your business and therefore your people. Click here to download our free guide on how to choose the best employee onboarding software.

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