Is Pre & Onboarding the Cure Against Stress?

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Sanne Villemoes

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2018-08-22 | Sanne Villemoes

Let us start with some dauting insights: The World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Burden of Disease Survey estimates that by the year 2020, stress-related mental health conditions will be highly prevalent and will be second only to heart diseases. Today, 1,000,000 employees miss work each day because of stress. One million employees. Take a moment to let that sink in. It is scary, right?

So why don’t we do something about it? “We should, but how? It is a huge problem in today’s society and workplaces”, you might think. And you are right. It is a huge problem, or actually let us rephrase, it is a huge challenge. Because challenge serves as a call to battle, and that is what we at introDus is doing; we are getting ready for the battle because we believe that Pre & Onboarding can take the stress out of beginning in a new company. Of course, we are of aware that Pre & Onboarding cannot remove all stress in the world or at the workplace, however, it sure is a great place to start!

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How Pre & Onboarding can help businesses reduce stress

It is no wonder that stress levels can be high for a new employee. Not only do they have to learn an entirely new job and processes, they also have new faces to meet, a new office to learn, a new office culture to adapt to etc. etc. With a head filled with all this new information, it can be difficult to even remember the copier code which you just have been assigned 5 minutes ago. Therefore, by creating a structured and effective Pre & Onboarding process you will reduce stress and set your new hires up for success.

Before continuing, we would like to point out that this post should not be interpreted as a cheap sales trick where any minute now we present you with all the benefits of introDus and how our intuitive platform can ease the Pre & Onboarding process (do not worry, there will be other posts about that). No, this is a post which serves to highlight the crucial importance of a Pre & Onboarding process in the cure against stress – and you know what? You actually do not need an online platform to secure a successful Pre & Onboarding process. That is right. We said it. Because at the end of the end of the day, it all comes down to one thing – that you, and your company, make an effort.

On that note, let us bring you some concrete and simple advice on how you can secure a better integration of your new employee without spending a dime:

  • A very important part of a successful onboarding is to match and align expectations. It is super difficult to meet expectations that you are not aware of. Therefore, take a quick chat with your new employee before you hire them, during the onboarding process and after the process to talk about if your new hire has met your expectations – and of equal importance, if you have met theirs.

  • Another important thing is to make the new employee feel safe (read more about the SKI model here). Security can be obtained in many ways, however, one of them is to let the employee know when they have succeeded and have done a great job.

  • Thirdly, a buddy can be a great way to help the new employee feel welcomed and assists with an informal socialisation. There are many benefits of a buddy program, one of them is that every company has unwritten rules. For instance, what is the policy regarding mobile phones and the usage of the internet, what is the department’s favourite launch spot and is leopard print leggings a go or no go? Therefore, let the buddy help the new employee.

  • Last advice (for today), remember to not only involve the team manager, involve the whole team too. For sure, it is highly relevant and important to prepare the managers for the job and educate them into how they should welcome new employees, however, the other employees are an important asset too. Imagine what would happen if you were to start in a new job and you receive x-amount of LinkedIn invitations from your new colleagues with a small greeting stating that they are excited for you to begin. Would it not make your day and start better?

So, there you go. Four simple, but very effective advices on how you can Pre & Onboard your new employees to reduce stress. Do you believe that Pre & Onboarding can cure stress?

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