It’s Not Enough If Your New Hire Knows Where The Staff Toilet Is

No one said being the new kid on the block was easy. Especially, if you’re a new hire trying to figure out how your new office works. While existing employees may hardly (anymore) notice them, there are certain aspects of a company that can make it seem more like a minefield rather than an office.

Like, the acronyms and office lingo that everyone but the new hire gets; or the subtle undercurrents that run through meetings and social gatherings that the new person has no clue about; and the performance indicators that are often forgotten until it’s time for their first appraisal.

Onboarding Needs To Be Ongoing

The onboarding process doesn’t mean showing the new recruit where the toilet or office cafeteria is or who their colleagues are. Neither is it just about helping them understand the company’s rules and expectations through weighty employee manuals.

Instead, it’s an ongoing process of assimilation, which recent research has proved, could take up to an entire year. For, people need to be allowed to start slow in a new environment and pick up pace when they feel ready to.

It won’t help to assume that a newly recruited person will come ready to hit the ground running and be immediately productive. In other words, if you believe in letting your new hires sink or swim their way into the company, then be ready to sink yourself.

Effective Onboarding Is A Millennial Staple

A 2017 global study of nearly 200 HR executives, done by Mark Byford, Michael D. Watkins and Lena Triantogiannis, showed how existing ideas of the onboarding process don’t include the things that really matter to today’s workforce.

Titled, “Onboarding Isn’t Enough, the study revealed that most companies did well in providing basic orientation and ensuring all legal and procedural requirements of hiring a new employee were met.

However, when it came to facilitating alignment between leaders and their teams, only about half of the executives surveyed felt their companies did an effective job. And, less than a third said that they actively helped a new hire integrate themselves into the existing cultural and political climate of their companies.  

Don’t Let Your New Hires Slip Away

If anything, it won’t work anymore to relegate onboarding to the backend and expect employees to learn the ropes on their own. With more and more Millennials entering the workforce, effective onboarding will become one of the first ways to ensure new hires are retained and converted into engaged employees.

Several studies have shown that the first three to six months play a crucial role in a person’s decision to quit or continue working at a company. Whether your new hires feel welcome, understand your culture and feel productive, as soon as possible, depends solely on your onboarding process.  


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