Added Benefits of Onboarding
Guidance to the Right Direction
“The companies that offered onboarding needed to do so because they are big companies with a lot of people. So the chances of you feeling a bit lost is a bigger. Because when you start with a big company, everyone is doing their own tasks and are busy. They usually don’t have much time to help you. With the onboarding, you avoid that. And it’s the responsibility of the company that I get a nice onboarding experience.”
Expanding Connections in the Workplace
“As long as you are working in a bigger organisation, employees have their own silos and, there are some that would be hard for you to reach out because they’re not from your department. On the times where I experienced onboarding in a big company, I had a much bigger connection in the workplace.
On cases that I don’t get one, what I do, is as soon as I get started, I just reach out to as much people as possible. If I have any doubts or questions that I think they could help with, I simply just reach out. I’m not always reaching out to the same person, so that way I’m also expanding my connections in the company and these people could also reach out to me when they need help.”
Building Relationships & Easier Integration to the Company
“My buddy also was a big part of my onboarding being successful because he was the source of all the information I needed, who to ask and so on. He helped in me building stronger relationships and getting involved not just with my team but with the rest of the company.
I actually think you should have a buddy permanently, at least for the first year. Of course you should not rely on your buddy too much and it’s good to look for your own resources, but it’s always nice, especially as a developer, to have someone you can ask. My buddy was like a path to get integrated into the team, he made it easier.”