Onboarding is the process of introducing and integrating a newly hired employee into an organization. It has gained popularity only within the past decade amongst businesses that aim to create a great first impression amongst new hires. The steps to a successful onboarding plan are adaptable depending on the position. A poor onboarding process can result in high turnover and lead to low employee morale. To combat this, it is important to understand how to overcome some of the most common onboarding challenges. In this article, we will present four common onboarding challenges, and how we recommend combating them!
The onboarding process is rushed
Onboarding should be an ongoing journey. Typically, new employees typically take around one year to reach their full performance within a role. The onboarding process should include a series of check-ins with the new employee over the course of a few months. It is common to see organizations that rush their onboarding process. Once the employee is up and running, they fail to check in to see if they have any questions or concerns. It’s important to create a continuous and supportive onboarding process for your new hire.
Mission, values and beliefs of the company are not conveyed
During onboarding, the company culture should shine through to keep new hires engaged and excited to be a part of the company that they just joined. Making the onboarding process immersive and representative of what the company stands for is an easy way to make the company culture clear to new employees. In order to be successful, new employees should feel the energy of the company and understand how their role will impact the company as a whole.
No clarity on expectations
New hires benefit from having a clear understanding of what is expected of them as well as the growth plans for the company. The onboarding process is the best time to set goals and clear expectations on how to accomplish the goals. Having a system of measuring goals and assessing them is also beneficial, because it gives new hires a way to see their progress and their impact.
When there is no enthusiasm in the onboarding process, employees are less likely to be unengaged in the onboarding process. Low engagement coincides with low productivity. This creates a challenging scenario for new hires, because it is not a good way to start their position off on the right foot. Giving examples of why their role is important and how their duties will play a role in the success of the company is a great way to boost employee engagement.
Onboarding is a critical component of every company’s success, no matter what industry they are in. It is vital for companies to invest in their employees and provide an appropriate and useful onboarding experience. Joining a new company can be exciting and challenging, and ensuring that new hires are able to hit the ground running is a great way to achieve success!
Avi Singer is the founder and CEO of showd.me, which provides healthcare organizations simple and effective solutions for hiring, developing and retaining employees while staying fully compliant. Prior to founding showd.me, Singer spent the majority of his career in HR leadership positions at tech companies.