Align your onboarding software and business strategy

The strategy behind onboarding

You know the importance of developing an onboarding plan. Moreover, you know that onboarding software drives that plan. Now it is time to align your onboarding software and business strategy.

The following illustration is a great reminder that a company’s onboarding maturity correlates directly with employee engagement. It is well known that engagement is a driving factor behind low turnover rates and high productivity.

Employee onboarding and engagement

Research shows the direct relationship between the approach a company adopts towards onboarding and the results achieved by employees and the business at large. Therefore, to implement an onboarding plan in itself is a strategy to employee and business success.

Every organization needs to identify and understand the company’s strategic goals over the next one to five years and how this aligns with the people being hired. Following this awareness is the time to develop the company onboarding strategy.

Align your onboarding software and business strategy

Successful companies are usually comprise of people who are aligned with, and passionate about the business’ vision. How you get there has everything to do with your people. It is a strategic decision to have the right employee onboarding software in place. It facilitates your organization's success through your people, strengthens employer branding, and conveys company culture.

Onboarding employees is much harder today, as you would know first-hand. The recent changes in how we work and interact have impacted organizations across the globe. Research shows that the onboarding experience is at an all-time low due to social distancing and working from home.

Align onboarding software and business strategy

How do we manage the new normal? Research by Global Workplace Analytics estimates that 56% of the U.S. workforce holds a job that is compatible (at least partially) with remote work, while “25-30% of the workforce will be working from home multiple days a week by the end of 2021.”

With many employees working from home, being onboarded remotely, and being reboarded post-Covid-19, we need more standardized onboarding processes that take each new employee through one, consistent and engaging onboarding experience to motivate each new employee, and to ensure that each individual is seen and properly followed up on, by others. This way we can build productive employees who instantly feel they are part of the organization.

Onboarding plans are stronger with automation

Automation with employee onboarding software

Automation is just one way that aligns employee onboarding software, business strategy,  and your onboarding plan. For example, Preppio customers begin communicating with new hires from the date the job offer is accepted using automated timelines and messaging. This connection during the pre-boarding phase helps retain hard earned new hires.  Further, they will show up enthusiastic about the job and feeling like a valued member of the team.

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Onboarding software supports a strong onboarding plan starting with the pre-boarding phase. This leads to reduced turnover and increased efficiency which is an important component of business strategy.  Furthermore, company culture thrives when business strategy, employee onboarding software, and onboarding plans are aligned.

There are many more ways that employee onboarding software can align your onboarding plan and business strategy.  Contact us for a free consultation with us today and our onboarding experts can help.

Customer Testimonial

"It was incredibly easy to get started with Preppio for employee onboarding. It took 48 hours from starting the onboarding project until we had a virtual onboarding process in place."

Leif Fleysvik, Head of Communication and Training, Lyse AS

How to choose the best employee onboarding software?

The best onboarding software you can choose create an employee-centric experience.

We created Preppio because today's HRIS solutions are not created to improve the employee experience during onboarding, and HR spends too much of their time on manual and repetitive tasks.

Your new employee onboarding software should not just be a business-centric tool to ensure that the onboarding checklist was marked off for the sake of compliance. The best employee onboarding software goal is to maximize onboarding success for the employee and improve the employee experience in the moments that matter.

Especially in the critical time before onboarding (pre-boarding) and in the early days on the job. It should nudge managers and buddies, and give HR insight into the employee journey!

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Guide to choose the best onboarding software 

Evaluate your current employee onboarding software with these 10 questions

As an HR professional, ask yourself the following 10 questions in relation to your current employee onboarding platform:

  1. Is it focused on the needs of new hires and supporting managers, or just compliance and paperwork during onboarding?
  2. Does it automate mundane and time-consuming tasks such as sending information and motivating people to do tasks?
  3. Are you mixing learning software (LMS) or your HRIS with onboarding software? Onboarding software orchestrates all parts of onboarding like tasks, information, and tools needed to get started.
  4. Is it easy to use for HR, managers, buddies, or new hires so they actually do the things you want them to, and at the right time?
  5. Does it offer an employee onboarding experience layer that helps with engagement and consistency?
  6. Is there a focus on the role of managers and buddies as an important part of onboarding?
  7. Is it focused on each department/location as well as inter-departmental work relationships?
  8. Does the current system measure onboarding success and provide insights for improvements to your onboarding process?
  9. Do your employees feel overwhelmed?  Another app is not what people want and need!
  10. Does the onboarding software take care of pre-boarding and the 6C’s framework?

Onboarding software enhances your strategic onboarding plan

An important point is that onboarding tools are only as good as the content and the process. Most onboarding software vendors are not able to help with implementing a science-based onboarding program for you.

Even with the many useful features of today’s contemporary onboarding software, they tend to come with design faults as they are not laser-focused on the entire employee onboarding experience.

employee onboarding software

Pre-boarding and early employee engagement

If the onboarding process starts in the pre-boarding phase, employees feel like part of the company early, reducing the likelihood of them losing interest in the role and the business.

Following pre-boarding, it is up to the company to manage changing engagement levels and to monitor and check-in with the new hire along the way. At all times it’s crucial that new hires are central to the onboarding process. Their experience must be a finely tuned balancing act that works for both sides. This reinforces the importance of designing the experience to accommodate the 6 C’s of onboarding.

Identifying issues with your current onboarding is a challenge if you’ve got nothing to compare it to. The above diagram, however, might give you an idea of where things are going wrong in your organization. An excellent strategic onboarding plan is planned with engagement and onboarding in mind.

Want to learn step-by-step how to choose the best employee onboarding software for your company?

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