According to Aberdeen Group Research Co., the relationship between a new employee and their manager is the number one determining factor as to whether or not that new employee will stay in an organization. Furthermore, employees usually decide if they want to stay with an organization within the first 10 days on the job. Creating and implementing a strategic process for onboarding new employees – one that reduces new hire stress and makes these first days the best they can possibly be – is crucial to retaining your talent.
A good onboarding process helps a new employee transition into the organization, and offers them the ability to acquire the necessary information, skills, and behaviors to become a successful organizational member of your company. This process begins at the acceptance of an offer and usually continues throughout the first six to twelve months of employment.
You should define goals for the onboarding process and ensure that both you and your employee fully understand them. Create a roadmap that both of you can follow. Here are 5 simple steps to assist you along the way:
Pre-arrival, first day thru first month activities where the new employee will acclimate to the culture, team, work environment, and be introduced to policies and procedures.
New employee orientation, classroom training (if available), benefits training and department specific orientation.
Employee development planning by supervisor.
Developing company awareness, building relationships, meeting performance expectations and contributing to the company’s success.
Monitor and measure the effectiveness of the onboarding process.
Having a mature and tactical onboarding process reduces costs related with learning on the job. It saves co-workers and supervisors time training the new employee (thereby increasing production) increases morale, employee confidence and ultimately reduces turnover by showing your new employee that they are valued.
For nearly 3 decades, The QC Group actively sourced quality and inspection personnel for clients across North America. We continue to off this highly specialized service to existing clients as needed on a case-by-case basis.