If you think your onboarding process is causing you to lose valuable talent, it probably is.
Onboarding is super-important as we approach another candidate-friendly hiring market in 2023.
The human resources experts at Sapling HR shared some startling statistics concerning onboarding best practices in a recent article:
GREAT EMPLOYEE ONBOARDING CAN IMPROVE EMPLOYEE RETENTION BY 82%
Research by Brandon Hall Group found that organizations with a strong onboarding process improve new hire retention by 82 percent and productivity by over 70 percent.
So how can employers improve their onboarding experience for new hires? It might be a good time to review your onboarding process. Let’s look at some dos and don’ts.
Don’t assume the new hire will assimilate on their own.
Review company policies, guidelines, and procedures with every new hire. Also, provide accessible online resources and encourage your new employee to read them and ask questions.
Expose the new hire to your company’s culture through immersive events and interactions to facilitate assimilation whenever possible.
Make sure your human resources team also clearly communicates company policies, guidelines, and procedures for acceptable workplace behavior, work interaction, and incident reporting. This aspect of the onboarding process is just as important for remote and in-office IT workers.
Don’t assume your valuable new employee “figure it out” on their own.
Create a schedule for employee training modules that can be completed online.
Try to keep this part casual and flexible. Provide introductory videos, one or two slide decks, and an abbreviated employee handbook for quick reference.
Concise, go-to online resources will be invaluable for your new employee’s initial onboarding experience.
Don’t leave productivity to chance.
Provide an immersive, experiential introduction to the entire team, starting at the top.
Let the new hire’s team lead handle this part of the process. This is the opportunity for an immersive, experiential introduction to their team. Your new employee will see the tools, processes, and workflows they can expect to encounter in a typical workday.
Don’t think the new hire will acclimate in the first month.
Make sure you have a plan for the first 12 months.
A 9-12 month onboarding process will ensure a long, successful tenure for the new employee. According to onboarding software experts at Clickboarding, 69% of new hires will remain at your company for three years or more if you have an exceptional onboarding process.
Also, consider implementing a mentor or team sponsor program. These types of programs will help ensure your new employee is satisfied, motivated, and engaged during the first critical year of employment.
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