5 Reasons Why a Good Onboarding Process Matters

| HR and Management Tips

onboarding processNew hires are better positioned for happiness and long-term success with their employer when they’re given the appropriate learning tools. And one of the best tools to make that happen is an effective onboarding process.

Here are 5 reasons why having a great onboarding process for new hires is so important.

Onboarding strengthens the company culture.
The onboarding process offers the perfect opportunity to educate new employees about the company’s culture. An employer should devote a good part of the onboarding experience to sharing the company’s history, mission/vision statement, values and long-term goals. The more connected that new employees are to the company culture, the more committed they will be to contribute to the company’s success.

An employer should devote a good part of the onboarding experience to sharing the company’s history, mission/vision statement, values and long-term goals.

It motivates new hires & improves performance.
It’s only natural for new employees to be nervous as they embark on a new work journey. But when they hit the ground running with a clear expectation of company values and their job responsibilities, they’ll be much more motivated to perform – and perform well. Studies show that the candidate onboarding process can boost employee performance by double digits.

The onboarding process encourages communication.
An effective onboarding process for new hires encourages open communication between new team members, current employees and management. During onboarding, new employees can ask questions and share feedback more openly that they might if there was no available forum. The onboarding experience creates a solid platform for better communication between employees at all stages – old, new, senior, entry-level.

It helps current employees & managers.
The more that a new hire can learn from the onboarding process, the better. It helps to lessen the amount of time that a current employee or manager might be required to help with training. This in turn lessens the amount of pressure that other employees might feel for getting new hires up and running.

It improves the employer’s bottom line.
Onboarding does many things to help improve the employer’s bottom line. It’s proven to help increase employee productivity. Score! It also helps to reduce recruitment costs – thanks to lower employee turnover. Win! All in all, an effective onboarding process for new hires makes for happier and more successful workers. And everyone benefits from that.