Our Future of Work vision is a service that allows companies to assemble and deliver welcome packets that are uniquely focused on the concept of growth
Considering that we give up 90,000 hours of our lifetime to work, it’s no surprise many people consider their workmates to be a second family. Yet, in contrast to how the new member of a family is usually introduced (think: balloons, parties, a whole dedicated room ready to provide a new hire with everything they might come to need in their development), workers are often brought on to a job with little warmth.
According to the original PSFK Workplace Survey, 83 percent of professionals to do not feel they were ever formally introduced to their company culture – whether that means they didn’t receive a welcome kit, feel an emotional connection to colleagues or go through a formal introductory process. As a result, those companies are at risk of losing their best employees to competitors with superior onboarding processes; in the Future of Work, a 60+ page study by PSFK Labs, every new hire should be provided with pertinent HR documents, acquainted with a company’s ethos on the very first day, if not hour, and even gifted a seedling plant, which will come to symbolize the start of their employee journey.
Inspired by the 10 strategies to develop a new era of internal leadership found inside the Future of Work report, PSFK will present boundary-pushing product and workplace visions to reimagine how teams can onboard employees, expand the office, and prevent miscommunication.
The Cultivate Onboarding Kit, by YourStudio and PSFK Labs, is a service that allows companies to remotely assemble and deliver a welcome, growth-focused packet to new employees so as to engender a symbolic and meaningful first day at the office. The tailored Cultivate Onboarding Kit allows companies to address the five key components of onboarding (listed below), in a way that is wholesome and mutually beneficial to both parties—and at scale, too.
5 Key Components of Onboarding:
An HR Manager or team lead can assemble personalized elements which are then custom-printed by the Cultivate service, ready to be delivered to new employees upon their inaugural arrival. In addition to a personalized welcome message, each vessel contains a seedling, a personal reusable water bottle that will help encourage hydration, and corresponding care instructions (for those lacking a green thumb).
The plant’s pot features an RFID tag which will link the desk decoration to a digital tool set that employees and managers can access through a corresponding Cultivate app by means of a personalized platform. That platform will come to be populated by inspirational articles, goal tracking in the areas of work or personal development, and channels through which to communicate with colleagues. By using the app and growing the plant as part of the onboarding process, a worker—in this case, Daniel—is rapidly and genuinely introduced to the work culture, which will in turn elicit his-her own reciprocal care, attention and inspiration.
As a personalized platform, the Cultivate App enables users to grow through the categories of ‘Discover,’ ‘Nourish,’ ‘Connect’ and ‘Grow.’ Four of the five key onboarding components touched upon earlier.
Through Discover, workers can access digital maps that will guide them in the surrounding area to local coffee shops, cultural hangout, or fitness centers, all based on their interests. Under the Nourish umbrella, they can explore an archive of inspirational articles, healthy meal recipes, podcasts, sleep tips, and meditation exercises for nourishing of the mind and body. Connect is where they’ll find team member profiles for optimized communication and collaboration (and for a clearer sense of who they’re chatting up in the break room). Finally, Grow is a collection of online tools to assist a new employee in defining their work style, setting their goals and tracking their achievements.
Through the full onboarding process, HR Managers can easily personalize and update the Cultivate app based on timelines, ease of adoption and user preferences.
Once a new hire is adequately integrated and familiarized, they can their onboarding buddy, the plant that’s come to grow alongside them, to a company’s Cultivate display wall. This wall will eventually form a lush and living representation of all the individuals forming the company.
Read PSFK’s six workplace visions in the Future of Work report.
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