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How to Create the Best Onboarding Experience for New Engineering Hires

Post by Hiba Amin on Dec 17, 2019 6:29:09 AM

Picture this. 

It’s the morning of your first day at your new job. 

You’re feeling all sorts of emotions. Anxious, scared, nervous. Yet, within the first 30 seconds of walking into your new office, all of those emotions are quickly replaced with excitement, joy and eagerness. 

An amazing onboarding experience will allow you to not only ramp up your new hires faster, but it will keep those positive and engagement-driven feelings present throughout the whole onboarding process. Not to mention, a positive onboarding experience can help reduce new hire turnover by 33%

So, what does it take to have an amazing onboarding experience for new engineer hires? In this article, I’ll walk through how we do things at SoapBox

3 Ways to Quickly Onboard New Developers

Post by Rich Moy on Aug 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

All of the hard work is done after you’ve hired a developer, right? Well, if you want to keep that developer, the answer to that question is a resounding “no.” Some components of the developer onboarding process take a bit of time, but you also need to find ways help them settle into their new jobs within their first few days. Here are a few tips for quickly onboarding new developers.

Are Your Developers Involved in a Mentoring Program?

It’s likely that throughout your career you’ve been paired up with a mentor. Mentors offer their professional experience to guide how a new employee may develop in their role. Their main strength is helping the employee navigate their own career and the organization, which is crucial for someone new to the company.

Unique Developer Onboarding Ideas

Having a good onboarding process for new employees is something every company aims to do well. Aside from the typical paperwork and tour of the office, there’s a lot that you can do to give your new hires a great onboarding experience. Some companies are going above and beyond the typical employee onboarding and offering unique activities ranging from a 100% remote onboarding experience to a week-long new employee “retreat.” Here are just a few of the unique developer onboarding ideas we’ve heard about.

3 Things to Remember When Measuring Developer Onboarding Success

Measuring the success of your technical onboarding is often an overlooked part of the entire hiring process. Far too many companies and hiring managers worry about getting the candidate in the door and then are surprised why they leave after a few months (if this is often happening, it’s time to take a look at your onboarding process for starters). Measuring onboarding success is more than simply asking a new developer how they feel about the company after a month and writing it down in a spreadsheet. Here are a few things to keep in mind when measuring your developer onboarding success.

3 Ways to Take Your Technical Onboarding Process Online

An effective onboarding process is one of the first touchpoints your new employees have with your company. If a developer walks into their first day of work and is handed a binder full of printed onboarding documents, chances are they will doubt the company’s efficiency and technical prowess. While some onboarding documents need to be taught or completed in person, a majority of the process can be moved online. By streamlining your technical onboarding, you can get your new employees working on projects earlier.

4 Things to Include in Your Developer Onboarding Documentation

Setting up an efficient and effective onboarding process for new technical hires should be top of mind for hiring managers and CTOs alike. Although many aspects of onboarding are physical, such as setting up the hardware or introducing the new hire to their team members, it’s also important to pay attention to the documentation. Here are a few things to include in your developer onboarding documentation.

The Startling Cost of Losing a Developer

Turnover rates of employees in the technology industry have been reported between 9.1% and 10.6%, proving that properly retaining and onboarding developers has never been more important. Developers are in high demand and oftentimes have the luxury of switching jobs as they please, so employers need to be focusing on how to not only attract the best tech talent, but keep it as well.

Unfortunately, there’s no universally approved statistic on the monetary cost of losing a developer – it really depends on their skill level, their salary, and the company itself. Regardless, here are a few stats that help speak to the issue.

Onboarding Developers: 3 Ways to Avoid Problems in the Process

Starting a new job can be stressful. Between meeting new people, getting up-to-speed on the company and product, and becoming comfortable in a new setting, the first few days and weeks are often hectic. One way to alleviate these feelings is implementing an efficient developer onboarding process. Here are a few tips for onboarding developers and helping them settle into their new roles.

Hiring and Onboarding Junior-Level Developer Talent

The number of web developers is growing each day, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 20% growth rate for the occupation in the U.S. alone. New developers are entering the workforce at a fast pace, but many may lack the leadership skills or interview techniques needed to get their foot in the door for their first job – something well-seasoned developers have mastered earlier in their career.

What can you as an organization do to help effectively hire and onboard developers, especially junior developers? 

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