5 Point Checklist for Effective Employee Onboarding

So you’ve just recruited a new fantastic employee, one who you’re sure will add value to the company… Congrats!

Although this is an awesome achievement, employers need to keep in mind that the recruitment process is only the first step.

An effective onboarding process is key to keep new hires happy and engaged for the long term.

Here are our tips to ensure a seamless onboarding process that will help retain new employees!

#1. The Four C’s of Onboarding

Compliance: basic policies and expectations
Clarification: making sure new hires understand their roles
Culture: company’s values, personality and environment
Connection: interpersonal relationships and social integrations

The Four C’s of Onboarding

New hires report that they often find a lack of company culture and connection during the onboarding process. This is concerning as these are the primary reasons new employees quit!

By incorporating the 4 C’s, your company will be able to build an effective onboarding process that can help ensure success!

Learn What New Employees Want During Onboarding

#2. Learn What New Employees Want During Onboarding

In the first week, new employees want:

  • 76% on the job training
  • 73% review of company policies
  • 59% company tour, equipment set up and procedures
  • 56% mentor, workplace buddy
  • New employees have indicated their preference for their own managers, mentors, or colleagues to show them the rope – not HR.

Successful onboarding leads to:

  • Lower turnover
  • High job performance
  • Higher job satisfaction
  • Lowered stress
  • Organisational commitment

#3. Learn Why New Employees Quit in 90 Days

It is important to understand the reasons behind why so many new hires quit within the first 3 months.

A lot of time and money goes into the recruitment process and therefore, employers must understand the expectations that lead to staff turnover to prevent it.

Learn Why New Employees Quit in 90 Days

Some of the common reasons are misguided work expectations, not receiving enough training, as a result, feeling under-qualified, feelings of neglection, overwhelmed and underappreciated

From the above, there are a few points that the company can control.

Consider these points and determine what you can do to prevent these reasons from arising.

Build Relationships

#4. Build Relationships

Now that you understand what your employees want and the reasons why they quit, it’s time for them to start building relationships with existing employees!

As the manager, it is important to get your employees involved with new employees to make them feel welcomed!

Colleagues are a fantastic choice for an early mentorship role.

Colleagues can introduce the new employee to others, act as an informal tour guide, be available to general questions and informal rules in the company (E.g. Never microwave fish in the lunch break room!) and most importantly, be friendly and familiar person around the office.

A workplace buddy and a welcoming environment are essential ingredients to help new employees feel less overwhelmed when starting a new job.

#5. Make a Memorable First Day

When starting a job, the first day is always the most nerve-wracking filled with excitement and uncertainty.

As a company, it is important that the manager and the team put in an effort to create a welcoming environment.
Prepare the new employee’s desk with the equipment they will need.

We would even suggest going the extra mile and preparing a welcome pack!

Make a Memorable First Day

Whether it’s company pens, notebooks or simple snacks for them to keep at their desk.

Consider organising a welcome party/team lunch every time a new hire joins the team. As the manager, you can use this time to help break the ice.

The new hire will also be able to meet all the people they will be interacting with daily. This will make new hires feel welcomed, valued and special.

Quote of the Week

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Push through, it’s always going to be worth it.

Learn What New Employees Want During Onboarding

5 Point Checklist for Effective Employee Onboarding

As always, should you need some help, please get in touch.