New employee onboarding is a process of integrating a new employee with a company and its culture, as well as getting a new hire the tools and information they need to become a productive member of the team.
Onboarding new hires at an organization is a strategic process that lasts up to one year and how employers handle the first few days and months of a new joiner’s experience is crucial to ensuring high retention.
Onboarding starts when the new hire has been identified and accepted the job offer. Before starting the process, an onboarding plan needs to be established by the company where it will be decided what the new employee needs to know about the culture and work environment and subsequently, what impression the company wants the new hire to walk away with at the end of the first day or week, to ensure there is no gap. Furthermore, what kind of role will the HR, direct managers and co-workers play in the onboarding process. And finally, what kind of goals will be set for the new employee. One point that is often omitted by employers is how the feedback on the program will be gathered and how its success will be measured.