Once a candidate accepts an offer and officially becomes an employee, the hard work is done, right? Think again.

As one of the leading energy staffing firms, FootBridge Energy Services knows it’s actually just begun because now you have to focus on onboarding. The good news is that there’s plenty to be gained from your efforts, if you take the right approach. Here are just a few reasons new hires will appreciate and benefit from your onboarding program:

Better engagement.

Even when employees have accepted an offer, they’re not always sure they made the right decision. But when they’re welcomed and engaged from the start, it will go a long way in boosting confidence in their choice and in your company.

Not only that, but during onboarding, new hires should have an opportunity to hear from senior leaders and fellow co-workers. This give them a bigger picture sense of the organization they’re now a member of. As a result, they’ll feel like a part of the team faster and want to work harder from the start to contribute to the bottom line.

More trust.

Onboarding offers your company the perfect opportunity to talk about values, mission, vision and strategy. It’s a good place to set the tone your company is transparent and accountable, and you place a heavy emphasis on open communication. These are the types of attitudes and commitments that go a long way in building trust with new hires. Over time, this trust builds loyalty, which has a positive impact on engagement.

Stronger ties.

Walking into a company without knowing a single soul can be intimidating for new employees. However, when you have an effective onboarding program, it’s the prime place to forge connections between new and existing staff members. You can do this in a variety of ways, from hosting a lunch to welcome a new hire to pairing them up with a veteran mentor who can act as a buddy. However you approach it, keep in mind that the more connected a new employee feels, the more engaged and loyal they’ll be from the start.

Better communication.

Many times, new hires can be intimidated about communicating and wonder how open they should be. But when they’re welcomed and engaged effectively, they’ll feel more comfortable communicating with fellow employees and their manager. That’s why there should be a solid policy and structure in place for communicating, with the message sent that concerns, questions and feedback are all welcomed. This, in turn, sets the stage for creating the kind of positive environment in which new hires can thrive.

A good onboarding program can take a lot of time, work and effort to create and implement. But when you have one in place, you will reap the rewards in the long run in the form of happier, more engaged and more confident new hires.

Need help with these and other HR- and recruiting-related issues?

Call the experts at FootBridge Energy Services. As the leading energy recruitment firm, we have the solutions you need to hire faster and smarter, as well as keep your people happy and engaged. Contact us today to learn more about the difference we can make at your company.