The Overlooked Key Elements of Employee Integration

The introduction of a new employee to your hotel is more multidimensional than we previously thought

By Lisa Seay Founder, Element C | March 11, 2018

Welcoming new employees is likely something you do often. So often, in fact, that it might feel more like a process than an opportunity. A have-to-do instead of something that could really make a difference in the experience of that employee. A requirement involving a series of tasks rather than a chance to build a long-term relationship.

In a report by the Society for Human Resource Management, Onboarding New Employees: Maximizing Success, onboarding is defined as the thing that helps new hires adjust to the social and performance aspects of their jobs, so they can quickly become productive, contributing members of the organization. Done well…it might even distinguish your organization as a great place to work.

Yet, despite the opportunity companies have to set themselves apart, we see them limiting their new employees to an experience that simply consists of getting to know the names of their co-workers, learning a little bit about the company history and shadowing someone who does the job they will do.

But, it doesn't have to be that way. Come along on a journey. One where your employee's introduction to your organization is more than meeting a few people, signing their new hire paperwork and learning how to clock in and out. This journey is more of an experience. And, as with any good experience, it has been thoughtfully planned with attention given to what we want to create for our new team member--a spirit of inclusion and opportunity that ultimately reinforces the decision made to join the organization and sets the foundation for a long-standing employment relationship.

This is a journey from introduction to integration.

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