The study of Wynhurst Group in 2017 showed that nearly 58% of employees going through structured onboarding are likely to remain with the organization after 3 years. Thus, improving the onboarding program is one of the top concerns to HR professionals.
By understanding the connection between a well-designed onboarding process and the cost of staff turnover as well as later employee retention, you can create an onboarding process matching with your talent management strategies. In today’s post, we will talk about steps to improve your onboarding process for employee success.
What is onboarding?
According to ICIMS, “Onboarding is the initial process of assimilating new employees into an organization, which involves in equipping new hires with the tools and resources necessary to succeed in their new position and become fully engaged, culturally aware members of a productive workforce”.
Now that we talked about the importance of a good onboarding process above, Faro tries to draw some steps helping you to improve first impressions of your organization:
1. Make introduction:
A rookie, even if he is an outgoing person, he must be a bit nervous when he starts new jobs. On their first working day, schedule time to take them on a tour of the office, make sure they meet with key people and departments and everyone else learns their name. This introduction will give them a good overview of where to go to get what they need and also help them understand how your company works and how their role plays in the overall picture. As a result, new hires, will be connected to their peers and feel like their part of the team right away.
2. Have new hires’ workstation ready to go
Before your new hire steps foot in the office as an official employee, it's crucial to set up his workstation and give him access to any tools, technologies, and devices he'll be expected to use. For example, you can get a computer, email and phone numbers ready for them and provide them with necessary offices supplies. Having a “home base” that is ready for new arrivals can help a new colleague feel valued from day one and have a good first impression of your company.
3. Spend plenty of time for training
You can't expect that every new hire will transition into your company already knowing how to find their feet in an organization. It's critical that you should devote enough time and resources to make sure your new hires learn company rules, culture, processes, procedures and expectations. This is why mentoring program is a crucial component of the onboarding process which helps them acclimate to their job. By assigning a mentor from the employee's department, rookies will have assistance to answer their questions and walk them through some of their assignments.
The first few weeks have the most influential to a new recruit’s outlook on your organization. Let success reflect time and effort that Faro puts in your hiring programs!