Think back to your first day at your current job. There were a million thoughts running through your head. Maybe you had butterflies in your stomach, anxious to make a good first impression. Most likely, you felt excited and curious. And you were probably hoping you made the right decision and would finally feel like you found the company that you belong with. But at some point in time, that eagerness and enthusiasm turn to dread and apprehension. Why do most new employees, even the most ambitious ones, seem to quietly slip through the cracks of some organizations after only a few months? Because their employee onboarding experience lacked the necessary ingredients.
Don’t Throw New Hires ‘Overboard’
Unfortunately for most of the workforce, the majority of companies lack a formal employee onboarding process. A dash of an orientation here, a pinch of job shadowing there, and most managers think their new hires are ready to go. This ‘sink-or-swim’ mentality is the main reason that new employees end up floundering in their role. By the time you throw an employee a lifejacket, they’re already one foot out the door. So, how do you guarantee your new hire succeeds? By refining your employee onboarding program and making it as employee-centric as can be.
Employee Onboarding 101:
What is employee onboarding? It’s an all-encompassing, ongoing initiative. The timeline can vary greatly – from 30 days to a year, and beyond. Onboarding is essentially the full assimilation of an employee into an organization. This might seem like a drawn-out process but it’s worth the investment.
Wave Hello to Better Performances
If your company is struggling with issues like retention and employee engagement, one of the common culprits is a broken onboarding process. Improving your employee onboarding program (or creating one from scratch) leads to a ton of benefits, such as:
- Reduces employee turnover
- Accelerates time-to-productivity
- Improves employee engagement
- Sets expectations about the role and the culture of the company
Keep a Keen Eye on the Horizon
Employee onboarding initiatives are important tools to set new employees up for success with your organization. But they should always be version 1.0. Through continuous improvement of your employee onboarding program, your company will become an employer of choice. Build on past successes and more importantly, learn from past failures. Your new hires will thank you!