The Importance of an Effective Onboarding Plan

Acquiring the right candidates to fill positions within your company is never easy. You can comb through fields of potential hires and employ a human resources headhunter, but it’s still difficult to find high-quality candidates to fill key roles in your company. That said, it may be even more difficult to keep quality employees once you’ve found and hired them. The best HR headhunters in the business can do little to keep an employee on your payroll after hiring without a successful onboarding strategy.

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Employee turnover is a problem for many businesses. Given the resources that are dedicated to finding and hiring staff, a short employee tenure proves to be costly in terms of time, effort, and money. Therefore, many companies are employing advanced onboarding strategies to help engage new hires in company culture, build professional relationships,  communicate company purpose, and handle the litany of HR documentation that surrounds the hiring and training process. Developing and implementing an effective onboarding process has become a key consideration not only for HR departments around the country, but for management as well. Employee productivity and retention impact the company bottom line, and both are heavily influenced by effective onboarding tactics. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of an effective onboarding strategy for business.

Allows Communications about Company Purpose

One of the biggest learning curves that new hires must overcome is adapting to the culture and purpose of a new employer. Companies are like individuals in a way. They each have their own standards, ethics, practices, and identity. Those ephemeral, abstract qualities are difficult to grasp in the midst of settling into a new job, but an effective onboarding program can help condense those characteristics into a mission that engages new hires in company purpose. Expectations are easier to meet when they’re clearly defined, and onboarding can help new employees learn those standards. Also, onboarding can teach new hires a lot about the tone and voice of your company and how co-workers interact.

Improves Productivity and Performance

Muddied goals and expectations can lead new hires to miss the mark in terms of productivity early on in their tenures. That can lead to a slow start for employees who are certainly capable of performing at a higher level later in their careers. There is always a period of adjustment necessary as new hires study practices and standards and acclimate themselves to a new business environment. Successful onboarding programs can dramatically accelerate that learning curve by providing employees with salient information that clearly communicates standards and practice. It can also provide opportunities for hires to demonstrate proficiency and practice their new roles in a controlled environment before being expected to function at full capacity. That leads to higher confidence among new hires and more targeted learning that speeds them along the path to full productivity.

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Reduces Load on Management and Established Staff

When new hires don’t receive proper onboarding, they enter the job field confused and unsure of how to fulfill their roles. That, in turn, transfers additional work and attention onto their managers and fellow employees, who are expected to “coach up†the new hires and help them learn the ropes. That not only leads to slow productivity for the new employees, but it also slows the productivity of established staff who are constantly answering questions and providing guidance. It requires managers to watch the performance of new hires closer, which can distract them from other, more critical roles. Effective onboarding won’t eliminate the need for staff and management tutelage for new employees altogether, but it does significantly lighten the load.

If you’re struggling with employee retention and productivity, it may be because you need to establish a successful employee onboarding program. The benefits of effective onboarding can pay dividends in more confident new hires who are able to contribute more quickly and a reduced load on veteran employees and managers. To learn more about how effective onboarding can benefit your company, visit The Christopher Group at