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5 Steps to an Effective Onboarding Process

An overwhelming number of employees decide in the first six months if they will stay with a company. Companies who have a consistent mapped out onboarding process are likely to have employees in it for the long haul.

Poor onboarding can set a new employee up for failure and change their outlook on your company. The result can be high cost and even higher turnover rate. Whether you have a formal, structured approach or an informal, laid back onboarding process, it is important that you have one.

Here are five basic ways you can improve your onboarding process:

Effective Onboarding Process

1. The announcement should tell them the new employee's role, a bit about their experience, what they'll be doing at your company and encourage other employees to welcome them.

Effective Onboarding Process

2.Having a "home base" that is ready for your new arrival is crucial to an employee's first impression of your company. As a new employee, nothing is worse than not having the tools you need to be successful.

Effective Onboarding Process

3. Take the time to learn a little bit about your new employee outside of the interview process. When an employee feels valued by their team on both a personal and professional level, they are more likely to stick around for the long haul.

Effective Onboarding Process

4. Your training should cover company rules, processes, procedures and expectations. Detailing what is expected for new employees sets a precedent by which they can measure their comfort in their new role.

Effective Onboarding Process

5. Even if the employee is doing well and you feel like they don't need an evaluation, meet with them. This is your opportunity to learn more about your company's onboarding process from the employee perspective. Find out what they liked and didn't like about your process and make changes as you see fit.

Successful onboarding processes reflect the time and effort put into them. Take the time to be thoughtful and do your homework. The first few weeks are the most influential to a new hire's outlook on your company - positive or negative - and sets the tone for their relationship with your business in the long-term.

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