I recently spoke to an audience of human capital professionals about my successes in developing new hire onboarding programs. After my presentation, one attendee asked me what innovative onboarding strategies and tactics I was using to impress new employees and stand out in the talent market. He didn’t like my response.Read more
The Consequence of a Poor First Impression
Ninety percent of companies correctly believe employees make their decision to stay or leave within the first six months of employment. During this period, employees are in unfamiliar territory and highly alert to signals and experiences, however minor, that will help them navigate their new work environment.
Throughout my career, I’ve dabbled in the world of “new employee orientation.” I’ve shown really boring slides, helped new-hires decipher a myriad of insurance options, given office tours, and scheduled “meet-n-greets” with other employees and leaders. All of these activities have resulted in varying levels of effectiveness.
Effective new hire onboarding will be critical for employee retention and engagement in the future as demographic shifts significantly alter the talent landscape. America’s 80 million Baby Boomers will be succeeded in their roles by a cohort (Generation X) that is half their size, intensifying the competition among employers for top talent.