How to Use Culture When On-boarding New Employees

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As a new hire, we’re often overwhelmed by everything we need to learn during our first few weeks on the job. Whether it’s learning new software, getting to know your coworkers, or figuring out where the kitchen is, there are many obstacles to settling into a flow. The hardest part, in my opinion, is getting to know your coworkers and managers. 

There is only so much you can glean about the perspective company’s culture during the interview process and first days on the job. A culture driven on-boarding process can change all that (and significantly impact your bottom line).  I know this, because it’s what I experienced when I started here at RoundPegg.

On-boarding with a nod to culture is a good way to help new hires feel welcomed and also gives everyone a tool to work more effectively, together. Part of getting to know a coworker, is figuring out the best way to communicate and interact with them. That’s hard during the first couple days and weeks of a new job. This process is usually left to trial and error, but if you can create a shortcut that makes these interactions more effective from the start, wouldn’t you choose to?

During my first week at RoundPegg, I sat down for an hour with Dr. Nat to go over my culture guide and how it compared to my immediate team and the company as a whole. We discussed how my values and cultural archetype would interact with my coworkers and manager. This insight into how my coworkers preffered to work helped me understand how to ask for help and who to ask. 

For example, a coworker who is “competitive” and “team oriented” will be more helpful when I present the goal first and then discuss various solutions. Presenting the goal first creates a scenario that works best for their value structure and still elicits the help I need. Having a deep understanding of how to approach conversations with each person on my team and in the company was an invaluable advantage to have.

Knowing exactly what you are getting into not only reduces your stress of learning what people want and expect, but it also helps you fit in and feel more confident as an employee – and a LOT sooner.

Just how much sooner you ask? Well, great culture fits onboard about 15% faster and are 35% more profitable over their first 16 months. Click the button to learn more.

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