How Productive are Your New Employees?
A recent study (January/February 2011) by the Aberdeen Group out of Boston suggests onboarding, or orientation as we used to call it, is extremely important. Based on a survey of best practices they discover that organizations with a standardized onboarding process experienced; 54% greater new hire productivity, 50% greater new hire retention, and 2 times the level of employee engagement.
New employees are generally looking for guidance, information, eager to make a good impression, and open to learning. They can also be nervous, questioning if they made the right choice and looking for help with the unknown. The lack of good onboarding could end up as a retention issue. What the Aberdeen Group found was “Many times the new employees are left on their own to figure it out.” Does that sound like your organization?
Onboarding is about a smooth transition for the individual as well as the organization and team they are joining. It’s about getting new employees productive as quickly as possible and improved employee engagement.
To create a better onboarding experience for your new employees just ask yourself this question; what needs to be done so the new hire has everything they need when they show up the first day?
What is contained in a Standard Onboarding Process?
- New employee forms
- Benefits enrollment
- Orientation to company information
- Employment eligibility verification
- Socialization – introductions to the go-to people and co-workers
- Provisioning – steps required to manage the system and facility. Access as well as what’s needed for the employee to do their job. (equipment workings etc.)
We had quite a process at our shop. It included a safety orientation, explanation of a few important policies, locker and parking assignments, and a tour of the shop to meet everyone. There was quite a bit to remember so we had a standard procedure to make sure we handled it appropriately. A copy of our Shop Orientation form is available on the web site. Feel free to adapt it for your organization.
One last word from the Aberdeen report, having a mentor or buddy assigned to the new hire and involving management people in the process also seemed to make a difference.
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Posted on August 25, 2011, in Business Productivity, new employee orientation, onboarding, orientation, productivity, productivity tools and tagged Business, Employment, Human resources, Onboarding, Productivity. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.