4 Onboarding Program Benefits Your Employees Will Appreciate

Once a candidate accepts an offer and officially becomes an employee, the hard work is done, right? Think again.

As one of the leading energy staffing firms, FootBridge Energy Services knows it’s actually just begun because now you have to focus on onboarding. The good news is that there’s plenty to be gained from your efforts, if you take the right approach. Here are just a few reasons new hires will appreciate and benefit from your onboarding program:

Better engagement.

Even when employees have accepted an offer, they’re not always sure they made the right decision. But when they’re welcomed and engaged from the start, it will go a long way in boosting confidence in their choice and in your company.

Not only that, but during onboarding, new hires should have an opportunity to hear from senior leaders and fellow co-workers. This give them a bigger picture sense of the organization they’re now a member of. As a result, they’ll feel like a part of the team faster and want to work harder from the start to contribute to the bottom line.

More trust.

Onboarding offers your company the perfect opportunity to talk about values, mission, vision and strategy. It’s a good place to set the tone your company is transparent and accountable, and you place a heavy emphasis on open communication. These are the types of attitudes and commitments that go a long way in building trust with new hires. Over time, this trust builds loyalty, which has a positive impact on engagement.

Stronger ties.

Walking into a company without knowing a single soul can be intimidating for new employees. However, when you have an effective onboarding program, it’s the prime place to forge connections between new and existing staff members. You can do this in a variety of ways, from hosting a lunch to welcome a new hire to pairing them up with a veteran mentor who can act as a buddy. However you approach it, keep in mind that the more connected a new employee feels, the more engaged and loyal they’ll be from the start.

Better communication.

Many times, new hires can be intimidated about communicating and wonder how open they should be. But when they’re welcomed and engaged effectively, they’ll feel more comfortable communicating with fellow employees and their manager. That’s why there should be a solid policy and structure in place for communicating, with the message sent that concerns, questions and feedback are all welcomed. This, in turn, sets the stage for creating the kind of positive environment in which new hires can thrive.

A good onboarding program can take a lot of time, work and effort to create and implement. But when you have one in place, you will reap the rewards in the long run in the form of happier, more engaged and more confident new hires.

Need help with these and other HR- and recruiting-related issues?

Call the experts at FootBridge Energy Services. As the leading energy recruitment firm, we have the solutions you need to hire faster and smarter, as well as keep your people happy and engaged. Contact us today to learn more about the difference we can make at your company.

6 Effective Ways to Balance Work, Life and Your Job Search

If you’re on the job hunt, you may feel as if every moment not spent searching is a moment wasted. Work too hard, however, and you risk burning yourself out just as the ideal opportunity appears – and missing it.

Here are six ways to maintain your work-life balance during the job search:

  1. Schedule your job searching. Your career demands scheduled hours, leaving the rest for your personal needs. Schedule your job search the same way. Choose a time of day when you’re most alert and focused, and use it to search, prepare application materials and take other job-hunt steps.
  2. Mix it up. Make job searching feel less like drudgery by rotating tasks. For instance, you might decide to spend Monday and Thursday on job boards, Tuesday and Friday on sending applications and Wednesday on networking or events.
  3. Get out of the house. Schedule at least one day a week in which your job search takes you out of your house. For instance, try to meet up with a professional colleague for lunch, coffee or a walk at least once a week. Job fairs and conferences are another fantastic way to get out of the house without giving up on the search.
  4. Try something new. Use the time you have to learn a new skill or hobby you’ve always wanted to try. Even if it’s unrelated to your work, taking up an activity demonstrates to employers you can self-direct your own learning and like to use your time productively, whether or not you’re on the job.
  5. Practice what you love. Volunteering in a field that uses your existing talents can help you keep those skills sharp, meet potential networking partners and show potential employers you’re committed to your professional field and to making the world a better place.
  6. Get support. The job search can feel lonely, but you don’t have to go it alone. A recruiter who specializes in placing professionals in your chosen field can help you connect to more job openings and get noticed more quickly. Your recruiter can also become a valuable part of your professional network, before and after you land your dream job.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters specialize in connecting our energy industry clients with the best available talent. Contact us today to learn more.

 

You Won’t Believe What Will Happen When You Make These Changes in Your Career

Your career is going “fine” – or maybe it isn’t. But have you made the changes that will create the biggest short-term and long-term impact?

Here are steps you can take today to transform your career in both the short term and the long term:

Set intentions, not motivations.

Feeling motivated to change can help you get started. But to stay on the path to lasting change, you’ll need more than motivation. You’ll need intention.

For each of your goals, create a statement about when, where and how often you will work on that goal. Be specific: “I will update my LinkedIn profile every Friday morning.” “I will contact a professional colleague for coffee on Wednesday afternoons.”

Then, schedule that intention in your calendar. Now you don’t need to be “motivated” to remember to carry out the task – you’ll do it because you have a specific time and reminder to do it.

Make your goals measurable.

“I’m going to look for a better job” is a tough goal to measure. What “counts” as looking for a better job? Did you meet the goal when you received a new job offer, or when you simply browsed a few job postings during your lunch break?

Making goals specific and measurable increases your chances of meeting them and of reaping a meaningful payoff from the work. “I will check job boards once a week and call a recruiter on Monday” is a measurable goal. At the end of the week, you’ll know whether you checked any job boards, and you’ll also know whether you called the recruiter. If you took either of these steps, you’ll be able to set a new measurable goal: “I will send a resume to that job posting I saved.” “I will attend my meeting with my new recruiter on Thursday.”

Work with a recruiter.

Staffing agencies specialize in helping professionals “unstick” their careers. They know how to plan for short- and long-term success based on your goals. They can even help you connect with jobs and employers tailored to your specific abilities and interests, increasing your chances of receiving an offer.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters help connect energy industry professionals to some of the best oil and gas company jobs available. Contact us today to learn more.