The One Critical Thing You Need to Ask During Employee Onboarding

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May 6, 2015

iStock_000042141704_SmallHaving another set of eyes available to check things over is always a good practice. While you may want to look to outside parties for help, you actually have a great resource of fresh perspectives already available to you: new employees. Joel Ballezza of Expedia, Inc., explains that asking for employee feedback from day one is an underused practice that can benefit your company culture. Here are some of the ways in which it can help you:

Engagement Right Off the Bat

Employee engagement plays a big factor in how people perform and feel in the workplace. The first few weeks can be crucial in setting the tone. By asking for feedback early on, you’re creating a positive experience from the get-go.

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Let new hires know that their individual opinions matter. According to a national survey, 63% of workers determine within a month whether they’ll stay long-term at a company. This is a great way to create a productive place where employees feel like active contributors right away.

New Eyes, New Perspectives

All input is valuable. But new employees have the edge of not yet being adjusted to your unique environment. Fresh hires offer fresh perspectives on things that experienced workers may now overlook simply out of habit. Being from different environments, they also bring in diverse ideas of how a company culture should function. This can be pivotal in keeping your workplace competitive and attractive to outside eyes.

Constant Culture Innovation

Even if it’s just about the small things, a little feedback can go a long way in improving your organizational culture. From rethinking your office layout to looking for ways to streamline work, implementing the suggestions you receive puts your company in a state of constant growth. Taking feedback can also cultivate better leaders, which encourages better culture. An HBR study found:

  • Leaders who ranked at the top 10% in asking for feedback were rated on average at the 86th percentile in leadership effectiveness

You don’t have to make every change that comes your way, but having the option available for workers to give feedback builds communication and trust that are essential factors for a thriving work environment.

Just make sure that you’re actually doing something with the feedback. Employee input means nothing if you’re not implementing it and letting people know their voices are being heard! Continue to check in as new hires adjust to the workplace — this is also a great way to build a productive atmosphere, as employees can actively look for ways to better their environment. Try reaching out to your newest recruits for their opinions to keep your workplace developing and fresh.



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