How to get new employees ONBOARD from day one

At its most effective and cohesive, onboarding tells a compelling employer brand story, engaging and socialising a new hire as soon as they enter the building.

It lays the groundwork so that your new employee can become a productive and successful team member for years to come.

Most employees decide whether to stick with a job within the first six months, so it’s essential that your first impression is a good one.

Firstly, you can’t afford not to invest in an engaging, fully-inclusive program that bridges the gap between recruitment and a new hire’s transition into your company.

Here’s how good onboarding impacts the bottom line:

Recruitment Providing a positive experience for new employees will give your company the edge in a competitive field.

Unify the process Whether it’s HR or the hiring department, assign one resource to oversee onboarding.

Automated services You shouldn’t burden new employees with paperwork on their first day – try to stagger the process, or send essential information before the start date so the new hire is fully integrated with your organisation’s procedures.

Articulate the new hire’s potential impact Outline your company’s KPIs from day one and explain what impact the new hire will have on achieving these.

Employer Branding Finally, your new employee is sure to be asked, ‘How’s the new job going?’ Thanks to social channels, your reputation as an employer is riding on the answer. Ensure it’s a positive one by integrating all the above points from this article.

90% of employees decide whether they’ll stay with an organisation or leave within the first months. New employees who went through a structured onboarding program are 58% more likely to enjoy a minimum three-year tenure.
Sources: Contract Recruiter: Why Employee Onboarding Matters 2015 & 2016 Talent Board North American Candidate Experience Research Report.
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