Onboarding makes a lasting first impression. And an effective onboarding program means much more than new hire orientation. It’s comprehensive, employee-centric, and ever-evolving.

Consider five reasons why your company must have an onboarding program that really works.

Reason #1. Culture

Employees associate onboarding with company culture. And they should.  Give your new employees an opportunity to learn about the organization’s history and culture from its staff members and its leaders. They will be more likely to adopt your culture if they understand its relevance. Find ways to relate all phases of your onboarding program to company culture.

Reason #2. Retention

The onboarding experience is a window inside your company and shows employees what they can expect from a career with your organization. Estimates show if an onboarding program is effective, 69% of new hires are more likely to stay with a company for at least three years. If you can retain top talent, you’ll have an internal source of future leaders you can develop and grow.

Reason #3. Productivity

An effective onboarding program helps new hires understand what your organization does for its customers, clients, or patients. It takes about eight months for new hires to become fully productive. But if they don’t understand their job and how it relates to your organization’s goals, they might not be motivated to reach their full potential.

Reason #4. Career Development

Opportunities for career development increase employee retention. An effective onboarding program lets new hires know you’re serious about career development and shows you value their talent. The program should clearly inform employees of the options your company offers for career advancement, some of which might include:

  • Coaching
  • Learning resources
  • Mentoring
  • Skills assessment tools
  • Training
  • Tuition reimbursement

Reason #5. Connections

An onboarding program should extend beyond the first few days of employment. When it’s continued at the department or team level, new hires build strong connections and communication with their managers and team members. Assign a mentor who will be a resource for at least the first thirty days of employment. When existing team members quickly adopt new hires, the sense of belonging to a supportive network forges connections and keeps them engaged at work.

Finding the Right Staff

Despite a stellar onboarding program, finding the right staff can be a challenge. At Priority One Staffing, we’re proficient at providing employees who will quickly become productive and blend with your work culture. Our talent pool includes professionals in the following areas:

  • Administrative/clerical
  • Call center
  • Financial
  • Healthcare
  • Human resources

Contact us today to learn more about our specialized staffing solutions.

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