What is Preboarding?
At introdus, we work with the following definition of preboarding: Preboarding is the process running from the moment a new employee accepts and signs an employment contract through to the first day on the job. The key mission of Preboarding is getting you prepared and feeling ready for starting your new job.
When Does Employee Preboarding Take Place?
So the employee preboarding process covers the period of time between the moment right after signing the employment contract and the first day on the job, which is the debut of the onboarding process. Pre-onboarding could be conceptualised as a vital component of the new staff onboarding, as a preparatory process that can relieve some of the administrative work from the onboarding stage, as well as an excercise for early engagement.
In the course of the waiting period between signing the contract and starting your new job, there should be a channel of effective communication and engagement between you and the employer. Pre-onboarding is a process set-up by the employer to get you prepared for your job start.
And yet, according to our Pre & Onboarding survey 2021, only 20% of the employees received a concrete Preboarding plan for their new job. Thus, it is our mission to spread the word on the many benefits of preboarding.
As a new hire, when you start in a new workplace, you are driven and motivated to perform effectively. However, new joiners often experience a communication gap in the time period between signing the contract and the first day on the job. This can make you nurture the thought of being forgotten by the employer ahead of their job start.
Both the preboarding process and the onboarding process play fundamental roles in setting you up on the path of a successful work journey with your new employer.
With Preboarding, you have a system that sets the tone for the best employee onboarding experiences in a new company. The pre-onboarding engagement offers you a sense of being important to your employer and that the company is looking forward to welcoming you.
Onboarding usually kicks off on your first day, and continues until you are fully confident and proactive in your new role.
If you are curious to read more about preboarding vs. onboarding, we have devoted an entire piece on it, and we highly recommend you to read it on our Blog HR.
What Does Preboarding Mean for New Employees?
We firmly believe that every new hire must undergo a preboarding process. This is the period of time where you begin to develop and strengthen your relationship with your new team, manager and the organisation.
During the pre-onboarding period, you are offered insight into the new company’s mission, vision and its culture.
The pre-onboarding process is what establishes a good or bad impression about your new company. Additionally, Pre-onboarding is what justifies whether you have made the right decision when accepting the job offer.
From an administrative point of view, preboarding aids in completing items off the new hire checklist, such as the relevant paperwork and meeting key people in the organisation.
What Does Preboarding Mean for the Company?
With the pre-onboarding process, your new employer has the opportunity to keep you interested in their mission before you even step into the office for the first time.
Additionally, considering the growing numbers of employees starting their jobs remotely, there is an added pressure on employers to ensure that you can feel connected and engaged with your new workplace even when being pre & onboarded remotely.
The process of hiring and getting you up to speed implies extensive resource expenditure (time and capital) on the part of your employer. The average cost per new hire is $4.425, and the average executive cost per hire is $14.936, according to SHRM. If we conceptualise each new hire as an investment a company makes, it makes sense that the primary goal of your company is to keep you with them for a considerable period time.
Engaging you from the very beginning through preboarding will ensure that your productive output will represent a positive return on investment and furthermore, you will indirectly assist the company in achieving low employee turnover.