Onboarding is an activity that has got a far lesser share of importance than it should have. Although the most important exercise in selecting the new hires and acclimatizing them to the organization, it has hardly got its due, mainly because of the misconception that onboarding consists of only induction and orientation.
True, onboarding starts with induction, but the really purpose of onboarding is in bringing about a cultural connection between the new hire and the organization. For this reason, onboarding should be seen as not a destination, but a journey. Depending on the position for which onboarding is being done and the person’s outlook, it could stretch from a few weeks to a few months.
It is far easier to familiarize the new hire with the physical aspects of onboarding, such as the business practices, goals, objectives and policies, than to do so with that aspect of onboarding that really counts: the adaptation and assimilation of the new employee into the organization. Success in helping to achieve this is the benchmark of the effectiveness of the onboarding process.
TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, is organizing a webinar on September 5, at which organizations can learn how to strike their onboarding process rich. Marcia Zidle, the CEO of Leaders At All Levels, will be the expert at this session. Please enroll for this webinar by visiting https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/onboarding-new-hires:-how-to-get-them-quickly-up-to-speed,-engaged-and-productive–702598LIVE?wordpress-seo.
So, what happens when the onboarding process goes awry? These are the results it brings about in the organization:
- One in three new hires will leave the organization within half a year of joining
- Nearly the same proportion of new executive hires fails to meet targets
- Companies end up losing six out of ten new hires in a mere four years at the present average annual turnover rate of 10-15%.
The silver lining is that this entire process is reversible, as a study conducted by The Aberdeen Group has shown. Properly chosen and appropriately nurtured onboarding processes can arrest this decline by helping to retain as much as seven out of ten new leadership talents. Although true overall, as the study says, organizations have to factor in the significant discrepancy in the content and extent of these programs.
In explaining the elements of an effective onboarding process for new hires, Marcia will cover the following areas at this 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.
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 are some of the positions that will benefit 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.