Pre-boarding is a new concept in which companies choose to take advantage of the time between candidates accepting their job offers and when they start working. This time period is often overlooked by both the candidates and companies. However, it is a golden opportunity for preparation. During this time, companies can familiarize their incoming employees with their roles, as well as the company itself, and employees can educate themselves on these matters. So, what exactly are the benefits of engaging in pre-boarding?
Employee training is absolutely an essential part of hiring, and should not be overlooked. Companies should invest in delivering the most effective training programs possible, and some of this training can be done before employees start working. In order to make these programs efficient, companies can dedicate part of the training to pre-boarding. By doing so, they can train their new hires, or prepare them for training, before they are on the payroll. This is a significant savings for the company.
During the onboarding period, the goal is to prepare a new hire to start work as soon as possible. So, although simple company procedures are important, it may seem like a waste of time to demonstrate them in great detail during onboarding, especially since new employees could be providing value through their efforts instead. Therefore, pre-boarding is the best time to introduce such procedures to help ensure a mutually beneficial relationship between the organization and new hires once they officially start work.
Enhances Corporate Culture
It’s extremely important for employees to feel connected to their companies; starting this relationship before new hires even enter the organization has beneficial effects on the company’s culture. Pre-boarding can include informal interactions between the company and new employees, which makes them feel comfortable with the people they will interact with on the job, and even motivates them to ask more questions. It is also a great opportunity for new hires to be introduced to the people they will be working with. This not only ensures that the new hire feels more comfortable, but it also relieves ambiguity about the incoming team member for existing employees.
Provides Clarity and Confidence
More often than not, candidates who accept a job offer feel some level of anxiety about embarking on a new journey and entering an unfamiliar environment. This may lead them to reconsider the role. Some may doubt their own ability to excel in the position, others may feel isolated by the lack of communication from a company or are hesitant to rely on the legitimacy of the opportunity. Making sure new hires know exactly what they’re getting into, and reminding them that they’re wanted, is essential for them to have a great experience, starting with their first day.
Given the tremendous benefits that pre-boarding has, it’s surprising to learn that most companies, in fact, do not engage in it. This leaves a large gap to fill, and efficient pre-boarding programs can help do just that. There are multiple ways that companies can welcome and prepare their new hires through pre-boarding. They can start with lunches or meetings, where incoming employees can be introduced to their team members and learn more about their experiences through conversation. It gives new hires a novel view of their role, one that traditional job descriptions fail to offer. Learning more about these points might even motivate new hires to do independent preparation.
At CoreAxis, we recognize the importance of pre-boarding, and understand the great need for it across organizations. The first step toward addressing this need is to raise awareness about the benefits of such programs. We are passionate about custom training, and believe that offering new hires custom pre-boarding resources will not only prepare them for their roles, but also make them feel more confident about their abilities and included in the team, even before officially joining it. This motivates them to be more productive employees once they do join, helping the company reach its goals and be successful.