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Employee Onboarding – Why and How

July 16, 2018

When starting a new job, you hope to feel welcome and as though you are an important part of the group. If that welcoming spirit is absent, you might be likely to bail and seek out another opportunity before ever really settling in. To combat the problem of new employee turnover that organizations face, you need to remember and practice this one phrase: New Employee Onboarding.

Effective Employee Onboarding Goes Beyond Orientation

Contrary to what many managers may think, employee onboarding encompasses much more than new hire orientation, and it extends way beyond the first week, the first month, or even the first quarter of a new employee’s career with your company. According to the New Employee Onboarding Guide by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), “Onboarding new hires at an organization should be a strategic process that lasts at least one year.” The objectives of onboarding include integrating your new employees into your corporate culture and providing them the necessary tools they will need to thrive within their particular roles in your organization.
Get onboarding right, and you’ll be ahead of most other organizations. According to SHRM’s Onboarding Guide, only 15 percent of companies extend onboarding beyond six months, and the first six months is the critical period in which 90 percent of employees decide to stick around, or leave for greener pastures.

The first six months is the critical period in which 90 percent of employees decide to stick around, or leave for greener pastures.

Employee recognition is a key part of a good onboarding strategy.   When new hires experience a culture of recognition when they walk through the doors and understand what it takes to earn recognition, it will go a long way toward creating an environment they’ll want to stay and be a part of.

The Onboarding Feature of Terryberry’s 360 Recognition Platform

Terryberry has launched a new feature of the 360 Recognition Platform that will help you and your new hires get your relationship off on the right foot as a part of your onboarding strategy. Make sure you’re speaking the same language as your employees when it comes to recognition and make an employee’s first few days with your team fun and welcoming with the help of the new Onboarding feature in Terryberry’s comprehensive employee recognition platform.  Read more about how the 360 Recognition Onboarding Feature works.
If you don’t have the 360 Recognition Platform in your organization yet, or but want to incorporate more recognition into your onboarding plan, check out Terryberry’s free Onboarding Questionnaire for new hires.
New employee turnover can be costly to your organization, and not just monetarily. In today’s tightly-woven social climate, negative opinions can reach mass audiences instantaneously. Make sure your new employees want to stay long enough to discover the greatness of your organization. Soon they’ll be helping show the next generation of new hires the ropes.


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