A 2022 study by Zippia found that a thorough onboarding process can increase new hires’ productivity by 70%. Out of those employees with a positive view of their onboarding, 69% remain with their employer for at least 3 years.
An effective onboarding program integrates new hires into the company’s culture and individual roles, support, and expectations. A successful training process helps new hires learn their job duties and responsibilities. Both onboarding and training processes can be done concurrently to maximize new hires’ learning and growth.
Follow these guidelines to improve your onboarding and training processes.
Keep in touch with new hires from the time they accept a job offer to the day they begin work. Otherwise, your new hires might remain open to other job offers and rescind your offer before starting.
Consistently checking in to answer questions and begin filling out paperwork encourages your new hires to stay engaged with your organization. This increases the likelihood of them showing up on Day 1.
Encourage your team members to help create a positive first impression for your new hires. Show that your new hires are valued members of your team. Setting the foundation for a good employee experience encourages your new hires to remain long-term.
Plan Your Onboarding and Training
Share with new hires their schedules for onboarding and training. Understanding what to expect lowers the anxiety and stress of starting a new job.
Include regular check-ins with your new hires. Find out how they are doing, where they are at with their training, and whether they have any questions. Also, provide constructive feedback about your new hires’ performance. Additionally, ask how you can better support them. Respond accordingly.
Use these check-ins to build relationships with your new hires. Show that they are valued and respected members of your organization.
Ensure your onboarding and training processes are as automated as possible to promote new hire engagement and productivity and increase HR increase efficiency and support for your workforce.
Your new hires can begin immersing themselves into your company culture and working toward their goals. They can receive notifications when documents are due, unfinished, or incomplete without having their work interrupted.
Develop Career Maps
Talk with each new hire about their strengths, weaknesses, and career goals. Then, work with each new hire to outline their career path throughout your organization.
List the knowledge, skills, experience, and other qualifications necessary for each role. Include how these requirements can be fulfilled through training opportunities.
Detailing each new hire’s career progression and expectations provides motivation to move forward in your organization. Understanding what is required to secure more senior positions encourages new hires to stay with your company.
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