Whew! Your construction company just landed a fantastic cost estimator. The new hire is detail-oriented and has extensive field experience. But before you plug them into your estimating workflow, take a minute to think about your onboarding plan.
If you’re interested in long-term productivity and retention, a great onboarding experience is key for your estimator’s success. Experts say new hires are 50% more productive at companies with standard onboarding processes. Managers also report a 20% greater satisfaction with employees who have formal onboarding training. And 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for three years if they’ve had a solid onboarding experience.
Get Started on the Right Path
If you’re ready to step up your onboarding game, you should work closely with your Human Resources department. Here are five great onboarding tips from our guide, How to Hire a Great Estimator:
- Cover all your paperwork bases. Your estimator should be afforded ample time to walk through all the typical HR steps like selecting insurance, setting up direct deposit, tax paperwork, and getting their ID badge and office access cards.
- Welcome the new estimator with proper introductions. Send an email to your team and stakeholders introducing the estimator, giving a summary of their qualifications, and highlight their area of focus and responsibilities. Encourage your team to provide support and make the new hire feel welcome.
- Provide access and instructions for tools and systems. Make sure the estimator has everything they need to perform their job such as email, an ERP system, and estimating software like On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid. Give the estimator a list of links and login information to get them up to speed.
- Don’t forget about training. Make sure your estimator knows who to contact or what training and support resources exist. A 2014 survey showed that companies investing at least $1,500 annually in training per employee have on average a 24 percent higher profit margin than businesses who spend less on training. If you want to learn more about training, check out our free training resource.
- Check in regularly with your new estimator. For the next 30-90-120 day intervals, you should check in regularly. Make sure your new hire is fitting in with the team and communication is open and positive. You should help them feel comfortable sharing feedback about anything they’re struggling with or any ideas they have to add value to the business.
Celebrate Big Wins
More than anything, your construction business should set your new estimator up to be successful and celebrate those moments as a team. Nobody wants an employee who feels overlooked and underappreciated. If your new estimator submits a strong bid that leads to your business landing an important project, let them know they are having a positive impact on your profitability. These moments will go a long way to help your business retain top estimating talent.
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