employee onboarding, Human Resources Training

Effective Onboarding: How to Engage, Motivate and Retain New Hires

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Quite some misunderstanding abounds among organizations about onboarding of new hires. Despite being one of the most critical activities for HR, it is misconceived as consisting of only induction and orientation. Although important in themselves, induction and orientation are only part of the onboarding process. Onboarding starts with the induction of the new hires, but its core consists of the issues that matter most to an organization: acclimatizing and acculturating the new employee.

Onboarding is not a onetime task. It is a series of steps that could take quite some time, sometimes even months. This is the period in which the new hire gets to understand everything about the organization, such as its business, its policies, its expectations, and most importantly, its culture. It is only when there is a cultural fit that it can be said that there is a level of compatibility between the employee and the organization. HR’s aim should be to bring this about.

How does it do it? This is the learning a valuable webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources areas, is imparting at a webinar it is organizing on May 13.

Marcia Zidle, the CEO of Leaders At All Levels, will be the speaker at this sixty-minute webinar. Please visit http://bit.ly/2PPvJU2 to register for this webinar, which has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).


Getting the onboarding right is the surest means to retaining talent, because if there is disharmony at the onboarding, the instinct for most employees is to quit and seek greener pastures. This is borne out by the following facts:

  • When the onboarding process goes wrong, one third of new hires look to quit the organization in only six months of joining
  • Lack of a motivating and inspiring onboarding process is seen to be the foundation for the reason for which one third of the new executive hires fail to meet their targets
  • Lack of the right onboarding process results in an organization losing up to two out of every three new talents in just four years, at the current annual turnover rate of 10-15%.

That positive and well created and nurtured onboarding is the antidote to these ills is affirmed by a study by The Aberdeen Group, which concluded in no equivocal terms that proper onboarding can help retain 70 percent of the new leadership talents, although the contents of these programs could vary from one organization to another.

Deep and clear understanding of how to get the onboarding process right

In the course of imparting an understanding of the ins and outs of the onboarding process, Marcia will cover the following areas at webinar:

  • Learn six mistakes to avoid in your new hire onboarding process
  • Identify the 4 C’s: The building blocks of an effective onboarding program
  • Recognize the difference between orientation and onboarding: They are not the same
  • Review the six best practices, with real-world examples, for implementing an onboarding program in your organization
  • Understand the responsibilities of three key stakeholders: Executive management, human resources, the new hire’s manager.

All the personnel in organizations who are stakeholders in retaining the new hires, such as CEO’s, COO’s, VP of Human Resources, Chief Learning Officer, Directors, Project Managers, Operation Managers and Supervisors, Team Leaders, and Staff Managers and Supervisors, will benefit immensely from this webinar.


About the speaker: A board certified executive coach, Marcia works with executives, management teams and high potential professionals. Marcia is the author of “The Effective Manager: What Really Works” handbooks and “Career Savvy: Life Preservers for Today’s Rough Seas and Tomorrow’s Raging Waters”.

She is the host of The Business Edge, a weekly internet radio show on the business channel of Voice America Media, giving practical advice to executives and managers on how to take their company, firm or practice to that next level with less stress and more success.


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