‘The faster new hires feel welcome and prepared for their jobs, the faster they will be able to successfully contribute to the firm’s mission.’
– Onboarding New Employees: Maximizing Success
25% of new starters will quit before they reach their first year. This is despite the time and effort many businesses put into their recruitment programmes. Even high achieving, well established companies experience poor employee retention, so where are they going wrong?
20% of employee turnover happens in the first 45 days of employment, and research shows that the best way to retain your top talent is to make the best first impression. Companies with a formal onboarding process experience improved employee performance, better retention and more satisfied employees. Making the best first impression isn’t a complicated task. Below are our top three tips for making your onboarding the best it can be.
#1 Clarity & Understanding
For an employee to feel comfortable in their new role they need to have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. For this to be achievable both leaders and new starters need to be familiar with the company and its needs. Why is your new colleague here? Together, what are you trying to achieve within the business? Discussing this early on in employment means your people have a clear sense of direction and are able to set themselves targets from the very beginning.
Before offering your new employee their role, ensure that your offer truly represents and reinforces your company culture and leadership message. Consider how you approach the candidate to offer them a role – how does this reflect upon your company? Follow up your offer with a welcome pack prior to the new employees start date – let them know everything they need to do in order to make a great start on day 1! This includes introductions to relevant work colleagues.
Set the tone early on and be consistent. Provide all the resources and support your new colleague will need to excel at their job. Once goals are set and induction or training is complete, follow up on progress and remember to ask your employees if there are any areas you could improve on your onboarding.
Get in touch to find out how the Employee Engage App can help you with your onboarding programme.