Take Control of Your Onboarding Process
There is increasing evidence that the onboarding process is a vital part of an employee’s ability to perform in the workplace. According to a study by BambooHR, employees who went through a “highly effective” onboarding process were 18 times more likely to feel “highly committed” to their organization. Furthermore, almost 91% of employees that were pleased with their onboarding process felt connected to their workplace, whereas only 29% could say the same after going through ineffective onboarding.
Steps to Improvement
The onboarding process isn’t a weeklong human resources paperwork and light training exercise – it’s a six months to one year comprehensive program that is flexible enough to account for the needs of each individual.
Just because the newness has worn off doesn’t mean the new employee doesn’t require continued support. In order for them to feel valued, they must be monitored, assessed and communicated with to ensure their needs are being met. It isn’t about micromanaging them; it’s about giving them what they need to succeed.
Your veterans are prime suspects for mentoring your rookies. Rather than throwing them into the deep end, ease them into the action with a trusted mentor that can take them step-by-step through the daily tasks so that there is no guesswork.
Mentoring programs can erase the chance of a new hire becoming frustrated and unhappy in their position. The end result is an improved retention rate, because happy employees are loyal, motivated and less likely to seek employment opportunities elsewhere.
Your managers should play a critical role in the onboarding process, because effective managers inspire employees to buy into the company culture and enjoy their jobs. The best managers are empathetic and understanding. They’re excellent communicators and know when to listen and when to offer guidance.
It’s important that new employees receive direct support from management the day they land in their new position. This helps to remove that disconnect that can sometimes exist between management and their team, and by doing so, you’re creating a more cohesive team where conflict is rare.
Take a Scientific Approach
You can better assess how your new employees will react to workplace stimuli by utilizing the Predictive Index, which relies on behavioral assessments that can be quite revealing. People are complex, but the Predictive Index allows you to drill down on workplace behaviors and focus on what’s important.
At PI Consulting Group, we can be a critical part of your onboarding process. Contact us and let’s talk about our scientifically proven methods that result in more productive workplaces.