1. Good First Impressions Lead to Engaged Employees
Employee engagement is key to retention and the best time to create employee engagement is, you guessed it: when they're still a new hire. The first few days and even months of an employee's time at your company are vital. They are in a new environment and they need a structured experience to really thrive. When an employee starts a job and they are given poor instructions (or worse still, no instruction at all) they are likely to check out right away. Maybe they stick around for a few months after that, but the damage has already been done. An employee won't value your company if they don't feel that you value them.
2. New Hire Onboarding can Reduce the Stress of Starting a New Job
One of the most important aspects of new hire onboarding is a clear delineation of duties, but make sure you don't dump them all on the new employee at once. Start slowly and don't expect them to be able to take on everything immediately. If the workload is too heavy right out of the gate they may start worrying that they aren't up to the job and that makes them much less likely to stick around. A new employee who is given the time and space to learn on the job will be more confident and less stressed.
3. New Hire Onboarding Fosters Team Spirit and a Sense of Community
New hire onboarding is a team effort. By giving more experienced workers the opportunity to assist new hires, whether they are just there to answer questions or are directly involved in the new employee's transition process, you give the new employee a community experience that will stick with them. An employee who feels like he or she is part of the team is much more likely to stick around. If you don't feel like anyone would even notice if you left, then do you really want to be there?
When you hire an employee you ideally want to hire them for the long haul. In a company with poor employee retention, the money spent by human resources constantly interviewing and training new employees can start to become a real drain. With an effective new hire onboarding plan you can avoid this and create a happy, engaged workforce that will stick with you long-term.
At Summerlin-Roberts, we know how important it is to create a new hire onboarding process that will show your new employees just how much you value them and we will work with your human resources department to do this quickly and effectively. Contact us today to find out more about who we are and what new hire onboarding practices are right for you and your employees.