If you’ve gone through the process of trying to find that perfect new employee then you’ll know that it’s a tough market out there. Finding the right person takes no small amount of time, energy, and money. Which begs the question, why would you throw all that away by having a terrible onboarding process?
Nearly a third of all new hires quite their jobs within the first six months. What’s even more alarming is that most of them attribute a poor onboarding experience as a significant factor in their quitting.
Every time a new hire quits that means not only do you have to restart the hiring process again, but you’ve also lost a huge chunk of time and money that you’ll never se a return on.
If you don’t want to see your new prize recruit turn in their resignation later anytime soon make sure you don’t commit this one cardinal sin of employee onboarding:
Not having a standardised and streamlined onboarding procedure.
Too often we find companies either have little to no onboarding procedures.
What we often forget about when it comes to onboarding new employees is the sheer amount of new information they have to take in.
Not only do they have to learn all the processes and tools they need for their new role. But they also need to understand your organisation’s culture and team, from learning everyone’s name to what the overall vision is. That’s a lot to take in.
At many companies the onboarding process is conducted in a piecemeal way. One person gives the new hire a stack of papers before handing them over to someone else for the office tour, where they’re then passed onto someone else to go over the company rules, and it keeps on going on. And usually that all happens in the span of one day!
Not only is that incredibly inefficient but there’s so many things that could go wrong in that one process. Important information can be easily miscommunicated, one employee might have a completely different experience from another, and it’s inherently difficult to take in new information when you’re being bounced from one person to another.
Thankfully technology has made it so that this style of onboarding is a thing of the past.
By embracing digital technology you can now be confident in knowing that every new hire is going through the exact same onboarding process. And instead of having to print out hundreds of new pages to replace the old information packets, all you have to do is update your one central digital document.
Through digital technology you can have your new hire meet your team virtually before they even start, so they have an idea of who’s who as soon as they walk in the door. Not only that, but you can even create interactive tutorials to help get your employees up to speed even faster, as well as giving your business the ability to track and measure their progress. With all of it being accessed through the same portal, no more bouncing around from person to person.
By taking advantage of the technology around you your company can ensure that it has a standardised and streamlined onboarding procedure guarantee to increase employee retention.
It’s a simple fix, but you’d be surprised at how many businesses still have the same onboarding procedures from ten years ago!
Take a moment to explore the digital solutions you have and we guarantee that not only will you be able to drastically lower the amount of admin involved with hiring a new person, but you’ll make sure that they won’t leave any time soon.