While onboarding a new employee often includes the basics, relaying information about pay and benefits, policies and procedures, and filling out necessary paperwork, it also introduces new hires to a company.
With 90 percent of managers saying that up to 25 percent of new hires leave within the first six months, effective onboarding is essential for companies to implement.
Here is an overview of common challenges in onboarding and how to overcome them.
Providing clarity about the role of new hires
New hires need clarity about what their role will be in the company. Surprisingly, only 58 percent of companies provide clear job titles and expectations for new employees. Studies have shown that without clarity about their roles and the expectations that come with them, it takes employees longer to become fully productive.
Role clarity should encompass not only job title and duties, but also the key objectives of each role and the time frame in which they should be completed.
Ensuring manager involvement
The relationship and communication between employees and managers is key to ensuring success. However, fewer than 50 percent of new employees receive formal feedback from their managers in the first three months of a new job. Manager involvement is critical to make employees feel welcome and prepared for their roles and purpose on the team.
Learning the company culture
Successful employees must fit into the culture of a company: its goals, its values and its people. In fact, when employees fail, it’s frequently due to lack of fit. Successful onboarding often includes team-building exercises that not only introduce new hires to an organization’s culture, but also provides tools to navigate it.
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