How to Successfully Onboard Employees 🧑‍💼

How to Successfully Onboard Employees 🧑‍💼

Onboarding is a critical process that can determine an employee's success in a new role. In this guide, we'll explore onboarding specifics, and provide guidelines for creating and implementing a successful program.

What is onboarding?

Onboarding is the process of integrating new employees into an organization and ensuring that they have the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to be successful in their new role. This process includes orientation, training, and giving them ongoing support and feedback. There are many benefits of effective onboarding making it important to have a well-thought-out plan. Many organizations are implementing onboarding buddy programs to make the onboarding process more effective.

How is it different from orientation?

Orientation is a one-time event that provides new employees with an overview of the organization and its policies. Onboarding, on the other hand, is an ongoing process to ensure that new employees are successful in their new roles.

How long should onboarding last?

The length of onboarding can vary depending on the complexity of the role and the organization's needs. It also depends on the objective of onboarding. If you’re okay with employees figuring things out on the job, you can set less ambitious goals for onboarding. It's important to provide new employees with enough time to learn their new roles and get up to speed with the organization's policies and procedures.

Why is onboarding important?

Onboarding is important for several reasons. Hireology shares that companies with an effective onboarding process benefit by retaining 50% of their new hires, which results in savings based on the cost associated with replacing employees. Typically, this cost ranges between 100-300%.

Who does onboarding?

Onboarding is typically the responsibility of the HR department or the hiring manager. However, it's important to involve other members of the team in the onboarding process to help new employees feel welcome and get to know their colleagues. Developing an onboarding buddy program can make onboarding engaging, and increase the impact of onboarding on employee engagement.

How Epoch can support your company onboarding

Epoch helps streamline onboarding by allowing you to have all onboarding events and activities in one place. Onboarding programming can be created and edited on Epoch, then sent to new employees easily on their calendars, Slack and more. 

Udemy used Epoch to scale its inclusive culture, driving 89% participation, and Modus Create successfully scaled a global events program across 15 time zones.

Increase productivity and connection among employees through company culture with Epoch. Use Epoch to plan and organize all your onboarding needs! Curious to learn more? Book a demo today!

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