Onboarding new members of staff is crucial to ensure they feel welcome and part of the company as quickly as possible. We’ve probably all had jobs where we turn up on our first day and don’t have a desk or a login – making us feel even more nervous or even unwelcome. Planned onboarding can ease a veteran into your workplace quickly and easily so that they can get on with their job – that’s their focus on that first day.
- Have they got everything they need?
It’s easy to overlook the small things which you use every day but taking time in the days before they arrive will save time and money in the long run. Do they need a staff login, email or security pass? Have they got somewhere to sit which is clean, tidy and part of their team? Do they have all the equipment they need to do their job such as PPE or a laptop? These may seem trivial but being shown these basic things help new staff relax quicker and get them working faster.
- Have your staff got everything they need?
Give some thought to the people who will be working with your new recruit and ask if they are aware of the persons background and skills. The managers may not fully appreciate the skillsets and work ethics of the veteran and may feel threatened by their potential or may not recognise the impact they may have on other members of the team. Help your managers understand that veterans are trained to very high levels and need to be managed in a different way – we are willing to support your staff in this area if required.
If you need to know more about what recruiting a veteran can bring to your company, please read our blog here.
- Contracts, Handbooks and Culture
For their first day, prepare all documents if they haven’t already been issued. Have they got their Contract of Employment and Handbook? Take the time to run through these and at the same time explain the culture of the company. Where do they make drinks and have lunch? What time do people arrive and leave? Do the team meet regularly? Is there a social element to the Company? Veterans are used to structure to fulfill their role and their expectations will be that you will too. They have strong values and a purpose, and this is a great opportunity to connect with that.
- Appreciate their Strengths
Veterans will be problem solvers, work as requested, delegate to those in their team and work diligently to get the task in hand completed. They may not sugar coat their words and this may cause unrest in the team – it is their way to get things done quickly and efficiently. These are strengths which you can implement into your workforce and asking for their feedback as they integrate into the company could be advantageous to your bottom line.
- Buddy Up
Planned onboarding can ease a veteran into your workplace and, if possible, introduce your new recruit to a buddy or mentor who will be there at times when they may need some guidance. Being part of a team is a way of life for a veteran and having someone there who they can turn to will mean a lot to them. If yours is the first job they have had since leaving the forces, they may feel vulnerable and like a fish out of water. Support them to get the very best out of their loyalty and work ethic in the long term.
If you require any help with onboarding a new veteran into your company, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01543 224424.