Onboarding process

onboarding process

Hiring a new employee is no cheap task so it can be devastating if they leave within the first 6 months after you hire them or sometimes after a week of working in your company. There are a few reasons as to why your new employees may leave the new job soon after you have hired them. One might be that they are still deciding on their career path and they soon realise that that particular job isn’t for them. Another could be that their expectations do not meet the reality of the job.

The onboarding process can be an essential tool for employers to ensure that they keep their new hires and make their new hires stay with them. To make sure that this process is successful, it is important to know what the employees might be expecting from the onboarding process.

On-the-job Training

Firstly, a new employee wants to know that they will be getting on-the-job training. Starting a new job is stressful enough and can be even more stressful when an employer places a new hire in the position without any training. This leads these employees to feel as though must either “sink or swim” and many of the new hires will sink before they swim, especially when they feel they have no guidance. An easy way to achieve this is through a new employee handbook which your new hire can use to refer back to whenever they might need to refer back to something you might have shown them.

Review Company Policies and Procedures

Secondly, a new employee wants to know more about the new company that they have started to work in. Therefore, they will like to review company policies and procedures, they will also want to have a company tour where they are given demonstration of certain setups and equipment processes if there are. This is a great way to get new employees to know they are part of the company and help incorporate them into the corporate culture.


Thirdly, a new employee wants to have a bubbly mentor. This helps to ease the transition into the new position as they will not only know who they can turn to should they need help but if their new mentor is a real peoples’ person, they will feel more comfortable speaking to them when they are stuck. It is recommended that their mentor is in a management position or a person that they will be working closely with so that there are no blurred lines when your new employee has any questions.

An onboarding process should extend past the first week the employee works with you. A few other ways to help ease the new hire into the position is to have good recognition programs, provide them with clear guidelines, give them the necessary attention they might need, create a friendly environment and finally ensure that you have an effective training program in place.

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