What Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Can Teach Us about Employee Onboarding
As younger generations are increasingly seeking work that not only provides a stable salary but is also meaningful and offers growth opportunities, it becomes all the more important to ensure that the employee onboarding process aligns with these needs.
In this blog, we will share some tips on how you can provide the best experience for your new employees through the use of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
What Is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs?
Maslow has made a significant contribution to psychology by proposing a motivational theory of human needs. He arranged the needs at a hierarchical level, theorizing that those lower down need to be satisfied before an individual can attend to higher needs.
Younger Generations Want To Thrive
According to research, younger generations are concerned about ethics and inclusivity within a company, which are the higher needs in Maslow’s hierarchy under the umbrella terms of belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. This new reality makes it all the more important to ensure a successful employee onboarding process to reduce employee turnover and help new employees feel valued.
How to Improve Your Employee Onboarding
Ensure Respectful Communication
Research shows that younger employees care deeply about meaning. They do not wish to be viewed as mere numbers in the system. They are strongly concerned about their company’s mission and their role in making this mission a reality. Furthermore, younger employees care about respect and workplace tolerance.
To address these needs, you should start right from the hiring process. It is important that you write a transparent job description that will provide your new hire with a concrete list of their future responsibilities, as this will make it easier for them to decide whether these tasks align with their values.
To ensure respectful communication, you should also let your candidates know about the structure of the hiring process and how long each stage is likely to take. You should also follow up with the candidates, give them your full attention during interviews, and respond to their emails.
Streamline the Process
Younger generations also care about an easy-to-use work experience, which is why you should make the onboarding process as seamless as possible. This will help your employees feel valued and respected.
Transfer all your new hire’s information from your applicant tracking system to your onboarding software to create a smooth transition, and prepare new hire paperwork, which should include such documents as an employment agreement, a non-disclosure agreement, a direct deposit form, and an employee handbook. You should also set up your new employee’s online accounts and prepare their technology.
Welcoming a New Hire
Because younger generations want personalized experiences, it is important to prepare to give a new hire a warm welcome. Consider preparing a welcome kit that would include a welcome letter, paperwork, a handbook about your company’s culture, and any branded items of your choice.
As younger employees increasingly seek a workplace that would help them achieve their higher needs from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, such as belonging, esteem, and self-actualization, you should improve your onboarding process to help them feel valued and integral to the company. At Employers Resource Association, our aim is to keep HR managers current, compliant, and competent while saving time and money. Contact us to learn more about our services!