New employee onboarding
There’s nothing worse than an employee starting their new job feeling unprepared or disengaged. For a company, there’s nothing worse than costly staff turnover. Now more than ever, HR departments have the power and responsibility to implement proper onboarding strategies to ease new employees into their positions. A proper onboarding process allows employees to integrate into the company culture and quickly become productive members of the team.
The following statistics show that a structured employee onboarding process within the UK can have a bigger (and more positive) impact on a company, such as:
Less employee turnover can save a company 100 – 300% of the employee’s salary in total.
A one-on-one with a manager is a crucial part of onboarding for 72% of employees.
Employees who have poor onboarding experience are two times more likely to look for a new job soon.
In the UK, only 45% of employees are engaged.
In remote hiring, 51.7% of managers say the biggest concern is candidate engagement.
61% of employers expect new hires to stay with them for at least two years.
These statistics show why it is so important to implement employee onboarding to keep staff happy within the work environment.
Want to find out more? Read on below to discover what exactly is new employee onboarding, and why it is so crucial for any company.
What exactly is new employee onboarding?
Employee onboarding is a process where a new employee is eased into a company (usually conducted by the HR department) to become familiarised with the company culture and policies and become a productive member of their team.
Implementing a new employee onboarding program will help new hires:
Become settled in their new role
Gain an understanding of their responsibilities within their role
To meet/be welcomed by colleagues
Understand the company’s policies and protocols
Be introduced to performance tools
Ask any questions regarding information that they are unsure of.
This process helps employees to become engaged, motivated and effective within the workplace, enabling companies to receive loyalty from the start and making it more cost-effective in the long-term, as staff turnover can be costly.
What is the process for new employee onboarding?
Prior to an employee’s first day, the HR department should email the employee with the following details:
Directions of where the employee needs to meet the HR department
For remote working: a link for the online meeting for where you and the employee will meet
The time and date
Who they will meet upon arrival
Any information that they’ll need to bring with them (passport, P45, etc.)
On the employee’s first day, HR will run through all of the information (as mentioned earlier in the employee onboarding program key points) and provide them with any additional information such as passwords, software downloads, etc., that they will need in their new role.
This should not be the only time the HR department will meet with an employee. Weekly or monthly meetings throughout the employee’s onboarding period will ensure that they are happy and feel that their new role is going well. This is also an opportunity to go over any queries they may have.
Implementing an onboarding process allows the company to build an initial relationship with a new employee. Investing in a new employee’s well-being through an onboarding process is the key factor to increasing long-term employeeengagement and overall job satisfaction.
According to a recent report, every time a business replaces a salaried employee, it costs 6 to 9 months’ salary on average. With the most recent government figures putting the average UK salary at £27,721 per year, this could be highly costly to any company. Therefore, it is vital to ensure that employees are satisfied for them to stay with a company long-term.
Ultimately, caring for employees’ needs leads to a happy and positive culture for both the employee and the company.
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