New employees decide within the first 30 days whether they feel welcome in the organization. Weak or nonexistent onboarding programs can lead to employees not feeling welcome. A turn-style of new employees is costly and stressful for any business.
Onboarding and training are necessary for employees to know not only how to do their job in practical terms, but also to have a full understanding of the aims of the company in general and their team in particular. In our Troublesome Training Lies article, we discussed how a comprehensive training program leads to higher income and profits per employee.
Onboarding is the process of integrating a new employee into the workplace – to help them understand how to be successful in their day-to-day job and how their work contributes to the overall business. Onboarding includes orientation to the company, department, and job responsibilities.
Your onboarding process does not have to:
- Trigger symptoms of extreme fatigue,
- Instigate death by PowerPoint, or
- Involve doing trust falls or sitting in a circle saying something about yourself.
Some key concepts to keep in mind with your onboarding process:
- Think in terms of investment rather than an expense. The amount of money spent on losing an employee can be equal to or above the amount you were going to pay that new hire in the first place.
- Do you have a comprehensive training program? Just because you learned how to do your job by osmosis doesn’t mean it’s an effective way for someone else to learn. To avoid this and other training lies, and make your training efforts productive (and profitable), check out our Troublesome Training Lies article.
- Communication is vital during the onboarding process. Be specific about the duties, tasks, and obligations of the new employee’s role in the organization. The appearance of boredom or a lack of engagement might be a lack of understanding by the employee of their duties, tasks, and obligations.
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