Onboarding is traditionally thought of as the process in which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members and insiders. However, some organizations don’t have a formal onboarding strategy other than signing the necessary paperwork to become an official part of the company, and being shown where their desk is. Or, if the organization does have a strategy in place, chances are they struggle with at least a few challenges including; how to make it an engaging experience, and successfully demonstrating their culture.
No matter how advanced (or behind) the onboarding strategy is – there is always room for improvement Onboarding sets the tone of the new employee’s journey with the company. A positive experience will yield such benefits as higher retention rates and brand ambassadors, while a negative experience will create dissatisfaction from the start. Whether good or bad, onboarding touches each part of the talent life-cycle. Those that aren’t treating onboarding as a strategic initiative, starting during the recruitment process, are missing out on an incredible way to ensure high engagement and retention levels, a positive culture, and a high-performing workforce.