Manual onboarding processes – it doesn’t have to be this way

When you have completed the recruitment process and a new hire is ready to start, do you go through a manual onboarding process, or is there a better way?

So, you have selected your new recruit and you are ready to turn your successful new candidate into an effective employee. No matter what size business you are at some point it is likely that you will need to hire new employees and as a result go through an onboarding process – but should this mean manual onboarding, or is there a better way?

Onboarding is typically a manual process and should start the moment the role has been offered. A survey* by webonboarding shows that 69 per cent of HR Managers said that the process of issuing offer letters and contracts of employment in a timely way has caused them problems.

It’s no surprise that manual onboarding costs businesses in both time and money and with the average contract taking 50 minutes to complete, check and print this time could be utilised elsewhere.

To demonstrate how delays can creep in and time this can take, here is a typical manual onboarding process diary using a fictional “onboardee”, new candidate.

Read the onboarding diary here.

Technology to manage onboarding

Webonboarding is a cloud based solution for managing your employee onboarding process. Take a look and find out more at

*Onboarding research carried out by webonboarding 2016.

This article is part of a wider campaign called the Scale-up Hub, a section of Real Business that provides essential advice and inspiration on taking your business to the next level. It’s produced in association with webexpenses and webonboarding, a fast-growing global organisation that provides cloud-based software services that automate expenses management and streamline the employee onboarding process.

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Adam Reynolds

Adam Reynolds is CEO of webexpenses, a fast-growing global expenses management software provider. With an extensive background in software and leadership, he joined webexpenses as head of sales in 2013. He became the CEO in 2015 and now oversees all business functions from technical and product development to customer services. Webexpenses software is used in over 70 countries throughout the world and – with offices in Sydney, Brisbane, and Texas – continues to grow internationally.

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