Onboarding – it’s an essential part of the recruitment process and can make or break a new hire. Below you’ll see the positive effects a bespoke process can have, with a few simple pointers listed below to up your game. I get to hear so many comments from employees about their early days, so if you’re finding retention an issue and you’d like a wider insight into the feelings of a newbie, let me know and we can arrange to talk some fresh new ideas through.
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
New employees with a positive and valuable onboarding experience are 18 times more committed to their new employer, giving them an early sense of belonging which directly affects their sense of loyalty.
- Bamboo HR
The first few days can be a whirlwind – create a plan and share it with your new recruit, so they know what to expect and when (roughly!) to expect it. Don’t forget to share it with your team too, so everyone knows what part they’ll play.
GOALS & MILESTONES
WE'RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK
77% of new hires who hit their first milestone had formal onboarding. Of those who did not hit their first milestone in their new role, 49% of them had no formal onboarding training.
- Urban Bound
Planning goals, both large and small can provide a really positive impetus over the first few weeks and months, with your newbies and managers all knowing where they’re heading. Remembering to acknowledge those all-important early milestones will also help people feel included and valued.
According to onboarding experience statistics, as much as 20% of staff turnover occurs within the first 45 days of employment*. This shows just how important first impressions are. Making the most of your new hire's time in their first few weeks by introducing them to the various areas of their role and the rest of the team is key in providing them with plenty of activity, responsibility and appreciation enough to keep them motivated, intrigued and productive.
- Urban Bound
43% of new hires are without basic work tools for more than a week after they start, causing poor productivity, frustration and boredom*. Alleviate this by pre-planning as soon as their offer is accepted. Preparing for your new team member will set the ground running for an exciting, productive and stimulating start to their new job.
81% of businesses believe the onboarding of internal movers is as important as external hires, but only 27% of companies have an active cross-boarding programme.
- Human Capital Institute
Same company, different job; sometimes, it can feel like it’s day 1 all over again, and just because your embedded employee knows the ropes, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve the same care and attention to get them settled – plan those goals and talk through both their and your expectations.
MAKE WAY FOR MENTORING
A whopping 87% of companies that signed a mentor or buddy to a new employee stated that it resulted in increased proficiency from new employees.
- Tech Jury
I know you’re not running a dating agency but the simple act of arranging a coupling up over first day lunch will ease the potential awkwardness of sitting alone at one’s desk – remember what it felt like?! The buddy system can be a far-reaching programme or just a gentle supportive shoulder in the early days.