No matter who you ask, any professional will be able to recount their first day at a new job; those first few nervous steps onto the factory floor, a flurry of clammy handshakes in the office, and the smell of a new laptop ready to be set up for work. Regardless of how you cut it, one’s first day on the job represents an exciting, perhaps even intimidating frontier.

As the cliché goes, first impressions matter; a candidate would do well to impress your recruiters from the moment he or she walks through the door for an interview. Sure, there may be many other qualified prospects chomping at the bit to land that job, but only the best will get it – those who go to great lengths to make sure they come across as the right fit, seeing the role as a train that won’t pass a second time and should be boarded right away.

However, once a candidate has signed their contract, the roles are reversed; they become a new hire and now the employer needs to give a great account of itself. After all, in a hyper mobile labour market where human capital is in short demand, talented employees can very easily up and leave for a competitor if their new company isn’t quite what they expected it to be; they can always get off the train at the next stop, so to speak.

This can put quite a strain on HR, who must run inductions and troubleshoot any issues a new hire may have and repeat this process, ad infinitum, for every single employee joining the company. In line with these demands of modern onboarding processes, Microsoft has developed an app, currently part of the Dynamics 365 for Talent suite but soon to be housed in the LinkedIn Talent Hub, that empowers both HR departments and new hires in ensuring the latter can have the best possible start at a new employer.

Aptly named Onboarding, this app is typically used in conjunction with Talent (soon to be renamed Dynamics 365 Human Resources) and Attract (which will join Onboarding in the LinkedIn Talent Hub), but can be used by itself; what’s more, thanks to its streamlined build, Onboarding can be fully implemented from start to finish in two to three months, ideal for better equipping an HR department to handle the rigours of settling in new people or for bolstering their toolkit ahead of, say, a new factory opening.

Furthermore, Onboarding encompasses a slew of clever and easy-to-use functions that allow companies to tailor the experience of new hires to their own endemic reality. Features include;

  • Central portals for each new hire, their manager, HR employee handling the case, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to upload resources and contact details to these portals, giving new hires a go-to platform for all their needs.
  • Templates and intuitive drag-and-drop activity modules, allowing HR employees to customise the new hire’s experience on the fly.
  • Checklists allowing HR to track the progress of new hires and their managers, sending them an automatic reminder when needed.
  • Native compatibility with Microsoft Forms, PowerApps, Sway, and Stream to enrich the onboarding experience.
  • Native links to Attract and Microsoft Dynamics 365 to automatically process new hires.
  • Industry best-practise guides by Microsoft, available for adapting.
  • Team and Task sections for sensible sharing of responsibilities between various members of the HR department.

A keen believer in and user of Onboarding at its own offices, and having previously implemented it at select customers, HSO is well-versed in the set-up and handling of the system, being able to offer comprehensive solutions to the various pitfalls of onboarding new hires through industry-informed best practices. This experience makes HSO the partner of choice when it comes to exploring the expanded functionality of the LinkedIn Talent Hub

Much like how the pressure on HR within organisations is growing, expecting innovative solutions and the cultivation of a high-performance culture, so too do employees exert an increasing amount in their desire to feel welcome, productive, and valuable. These wants and needs – employees require stimulation to most efficiently engage with their employer – are just one side of the evangelisation of corporate culture that Onboarding can bring about.

After all, where HR can use Onboarding’s portals to welcome new hires, that same functionality can also be used for the quick dissemination and subsequent adoption of a company’s core vision and values. Connecting new hires to relevant colleagues via Onboarding’s Contacts section, essentially creating a network for them, will expedite this process and enable the provision of resources and training, further reducing the time to (full) productivity.

Onboarding excels in one further field; eliminating the nerves and anxiety that comes with change – steadying a new hire’s first steps at their new workplace, making those first handshakes a little less clammy in the knowledge that they have already been welcomed through the online portals, been given the opportunity for education and preparation through centralised resources, had the chance to connect with colleagues and make the company’s vision their own, well before they report in on the first Monday morning of the month.

In this sense, Onboarding is so much more than a mere complement to the LinkedIn Talent Hub and a natural partner to Dynamics 365 for Human Resources; rather, it functions not only as a gateway for new hires to come into a company, but to facilitate the profound impact of having a new colleague join the fold.

Boasting extensive experience in implementing Onboarding across a variety of businesses and fields, HSO is the premier choice when it comes to successfully integrating Dynamics 365 for Human Resources and the LinkedIn Talent Hub into a new or already existing digital infrastructure. Reach out today to explore how we are able to help you bring the experience and journey of your new hires to the next level and make the most of Onboarding’s exciting pivot towards LinkedIn – after all, this functionality represents one train you’ll definitely want to catch.

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Sytse Korts,

Consultant, HSO