Declaration action point: Provide onboarding for new employees

Posted on 21/12/2021 in Best Practices

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Provide onboarding/orientation for new employees to navigate organizational & local cultural norms

An inclusive workplace culture is a healthy environment for all. To establish a positive workplace environment, the ALBA Declaration on Equity & Inclusion advises to provide onboarding/orientation for new employees to navigate organizational & local cultural norms. This article provides useful tips & resources on best practices about welcoming new employees or students.

Issues

Human resource studies show that the importance of the onboarding process in leading to positive outcomes for new employees. As much as 25% of turnover happens during new hires' first 45 days, so onboarding is a pertinent time to focus on new employee needs. An article in Harvard Business Review reported Gallup surveys showing that friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50% and people with a best friend at work are seven times more likely to engage fully in their work. Connections at work are particularly crucial for staff in underrepresented groups where fitting in to the corporate culture and finding colleagues in affinity groups can increase job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and retention.

Suggested actions

  • Tailor your onboarding process to include issues that most concern women and minorities.
  • Build in networking and socializing opportunities from day one.
  • Set up mentor/mentee relationships amongst people from similarly diverse backgrounds to help the newcomers feel welcome and overcome challenges.
  • Embed an inclusive culture from the start and have staff women and minorities introduce themselves as part of the orientation day.

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