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The Complete Guide to ServiceNow Onboarding

The Complete Guide to ServiceNow Onboarding Linking Humans

The Complete Guide to ServiceNow Onboarding


A successful onboarding strategy could be the key to providing your new team member with all the support, guidance, and insights they need to thrive in your company. 

The ServiceNow landscape has changed drastically in the last couple of years. Job opportunities are becoming more flexible with the rise of remote or hybrid work and the four-day work week.

Even the way companies find and assess new candidates for roles has evolved, with an increasing number of virtual and video interviews. 

On top of all these changes, hiring managers and employers are also facing new challenges in employee retention, with the “Great Resignation” now causing significant talent turnover. 

In a skills-short ServiceNow environment, it’s important to ensure you’re taking every precaution to not only find the right new employee but also prepare them for long-term success. 

Here are the onboarding strategies you can use to empower your ServiceNow hires.

1. Start with Preboarding

Employee “preboarding” is essentially an introductory step before the more intensive onboarding process begins. Today, as the competition for ServiceNow talent continues to grow, talented candidates are increasingly looking to work with employers who make them feel valued. 

Just as your new team member will be working hard to prove you made the right choice by bringing them on board, you want to demonstrate they’ve made a good choice by deciding to work for you. An introduction email as soon as your candidate accepts your job offer can set you off on the right track. You can even use this email to give your new employee some useful information. 

Start by welcoming your candidate onto the team, and let them know the names of some of the people they will be working with. Next, include valuable information your employee might need, such as videos showcasing information about your brand identity. 

2. Adjust the Onboarding Process for Different Roles

Certain parts of the ServiceNow onboarding process will be the same for all employees. You’ll need to introduce every new team member to the company culture in your business and the kind of values you expect them to adhere to. However, this doesn’t mean an onboarding process should be entirely one-size-fits-all. 

Adjust the steps you take in the onboarding process based on your new employee’s needs. For instance, ask yourself what kind of software and tools the team member will be using from day one, and provide them with video guidance on setting up new accounts. 

Think about the specific members of staff your new employee is going to be working with, and arrange for a video or group meeting where you can all get to know each other in an informal and friendly setting. 

Creating a streamlined and personalised process for each employee will ensure your new candidates aren’t overwhelmed by information that may not be pertinent to them when starting their new role. 

3. Focus on Inclusion

The needs of today’s ServiceNow employees are beginning to change. While all team members want access to great development opportunities, a good salary, and fair benefits, they’re also looking for an immersive company culture and a sense of inclusion within their teams. 

Today, 64% of employees say diversity and inclusion is a crucial consideration in their decision to take a job offer. As soon as a new candidate agrees to join your team, start focusing on how you include them. 

Ask new hires about their preferred pronouns and names, and introduce them immediately to the people they will be working with. Allow your employees to sit in on video meetings even before their role officially starts if you’re not going to be sharing sensitive information, and add them to your group messaging boards.

Make sure every team member feels like a crucial part of the team, regardless of whether they’re working in the office, remotely, or on a hybrid schedule.

4. Build a Plan for Development

Great onboarding isn’t just about welcoming a new ServiceNow employee into your team and ensuring they have all the information they need about your business. You should also be looking for ways to build a foundation for a long professional relationship between your company and your hires.

Around 93% of employees say they would happily stay with a company for longer if they felt their managers were investing in their careers with training and development. During the onboarding process, you can begin helping your employee see a future with your brand by working on a professional development plan together.

Set up a one-on-one meeting where you discuss what the future might look like for your new team member and what kind of goals they’d like to achieve. Discuss how you can help your employee reach new heights in their career and what your training opportunities look like.

5. Collect Feedback Regularly

Finally, the only way to ensure your onboarding process is having the right impact on your ServiceNow employees is to ask them about it. Collecting feedback is an excellent way to determine whether you’re giving your new team members all the support and guidance they need. 

Ask your new hires what they feel you did well in the onboarding process and what they would like to change if given a chance. Pay attention to productivity levels after your employees start their new role, and look at how they might change when you add further steps to the onboarding process. 

The feedback you get should guide your future onboarding strategies, helping you build a more comprehensive experience for every new hire. 

Great Onboarding Starts with the Right Hire

Remember, a great onboarding process can be a powerful tool, capable of improving new hire retention by around 82%. However, excellent onboarding processes will always start with the right hiring decisions. Improve your chances of bringing the right people on board by working with a specialist ServiceNow recruitment team like Linking Humans. 

If you want to find out more call us on 02381 542542. 

Here at Linking Humans, we have been helping companies deliver permanent and freelance technology experts to ServiceNow partners and End Users across the UK, Europe, and North America. We take pride in providing the best possible people to take your business forward. 

If you would like to speak to us, then use the “Request Call back’’ at the top of this page or find more ways to contact us here.

Should I accept a Counter Offer?

Should I accept a Counter Offer? Linking Humans

Should I accept a Counteroffer?

Are you wondering if you should accept a counteroffer? Have a read of our blog for the reasons why you should ignore a counteroffer. 

You’ve made it through most of the complex steps involved in finding a new job, from designing the ideal ServiceNow CV to practicing the ultimate interview techniques. Finally, all your hard work has paid off, and you’ve received an excellent offer from your new employer. 

So, what happens when you hand over your resignation letter and your current manager provides a counteroffer, asking you to stay? 

Anywhere up to 50% of the employees who choose to resign from a role will receive a counteroffer from their employer. 

In other words, additional money or benefits they didn’t consider offering you before they realised you wanted to leave.

In the age of the Great Resignation, when demand for ServiceNow talent is higher than ever, your chances of getting a counteroffer are even higher. 

While the promise of extra benefits, money, or responsibilities from your existing employer might be tempting, accepting a counteroffer could be a bad move for your ServiceNow career.

Reasons You Should Say “No” to a Counteroffer

A counteroffer is an offer made by your existing employer in response to the offer you’ve received from another business. When you hand over your resignation letter and your manager promises you more money to come back and retain your existing role, this is a counteroffer. 

Counteroffers are becoming more commonplace as ServiceNow leaders struggle to hold onto their top talent in a skills-short environment. Unfortunately, according to statistics, around 80% of the people who accept these offers end up leaving their employer within six months anyway. 

Here’s why you should politely but firmly decline a counteroffer. 

  • Counteroffers Don’t Solve Underlying Issues

Deciding to seek a new ServiceNow job isn’t something most people will do on a whim. Rather, there’s a good chance you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the pros and cons of leaving your job and looking for something else.

When you’re given a counteroffer, it may address one of your problems with your existing role (such as a low salary), but it’s unlikely to tackle every issue that convinced you to leave. 

Ask yourself why you wanted to take this new job in the first place. Is your current role not challenging enough, or are you planning on moving in a new direction with your career? Maybe you don’t like the culture of your existing company. If every issue isn’t resolved by the counteroffer, you should say “no”. 

  • The Relationship with Your Employer will Change

Employees in the competitive ServiceNow sector have every right to seek new roles whenever they choose. However, letting your employer know you’re not happy in your role and actively looking for something else is likely to have an impact on your relationship

There’s a good chance your employer will have questions about your loyalty after accepting the counteroffer, which means they may not have the same trust in you they had before. Your employer might end up passing you over for promotions because they consider you a flight risk, or they may start looking for other people to fill the gap you’ll leave when you do eventually switch jobs. 

Even if your boss goes in the other direction and starts working harder to keep you happy, there’s likely to be an uncomfortable dynamic in play. 

  • You May End Up Standing Still

Career development often involves moving between different roles, exploring new jobs, and taking on new responsibilities over the years. While you can climb the ladder in one ServiceNow company and end up with a great career, consistently staying in one place could mean you miss out on opportunities to expand your skills and experience. 

When deciding whether a counteroffer is worth accepting, ask yourself if you’ll still be moving towards your long-term career goals if you say yes. Compared to the other job you have lined up, can your existing role help you achieve your targets faster?

A higher salary won’t satisfy you for long if your existing role isn’t pushing you in the right direction. It’s important to keep the end goal in mind with your career. 

  • You May Have to Work Harder to Prove Yourself

In a skills-short ServiceNow marketplace, employers will often rush to offer extra benefits and increased salaries to avoid the stress of searching for new employees. However, this could mean they start looking for evidence you’re worth the extra investment. 

Having extra scrutiny placed on everything you do within the business can be a stressful experience, even if you know you deserve the extra benefits you received. 

In some cases, employees who accept counteroffers find themselves under pressure to perform like a new hire all over again, trying to prove they deserve their new salary and responsibilities. In other cases, you may find that you start receiving responsibilities you didn’t ask for simply because your boss is trying to ensure they’re getting their “money’s worth” from you. 

  • You’ll Always Wonder, “What If?”

Job changes can be stressful and worrying, but they’re also an incredible opportunity to unlock your true potential and advance your career. If you’ve been offered a role at another company, and you’ve said “yes”, there’s something about the job that appealed to you. 

Maybe you were interested in working on different modules and exciting projects. 

Although you’ll have the comfort of not having to get used to a new workplace and meet new people, you’ll also be left constantly wondering what would have happened if you had followed through and moved into the new job. 

Know How to Handle a Counteroffer

It’s worth preparing for a counteroffer in advance when you approach your manager with your resignation letter, particularly in a skill’s short environment. Think about how you will reject the offer politely and firmly, and what important factors might convince you to give your old job a second chance. 

Working with us, a specialist ServiceNow recruitment team to find the ideal new role will help to ensure you don’t have any doubts about moving into your new position.  

Here at Linking Humans, we have been helping companies deliver permanent and freelance technology experts to ServiceNow partners and End Users across the UK, Europe and North America. We take pride in providing the best possible people to take your business forward.

If you would like to speak to us, then use the “Request call back” at the top of this page or find more ways to contact us here.

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