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HR needs to Hone the Art of Onboarding New Hires

Author: Russel Stuart
by Russel Stuart
Posted: Sep 27, 2017

Onboarding new hires is the most important steps that Hr takes in welcoming new employees into the organization. It goes beyond induction and orientation. The onboarding of an employee starts with the induction of the new hires. All that the employees need for getting their head into the organization is part of onboarding. Acclimatization and acculturation are the most important elements of the onboarding process.

Onboarding is not a single event. It is a phase in which the employee gets familiarized with all the aspects of the organization, such as the business, the people, and the environment, and the most important element of onboarding: understanding the organizational culture. In this sense, onboarding goes beyond just paperwork and documentation.

A series of steps and measures

Joining formalities are only a part of onboarding. The main intention and purpose of onboarding concerns connecting the new talent to the organization. This work assumes greater significance for organizations when they onboard important personnel such as leaders. There is a huge difference between hiring leaders and hiring regular employees. Obviously, there is a lot of expectation from decision makers. These leaders are expected to do something out of the ordinary.

A measure of the effectiveness of the onboarding process is how quickly the new hire adapts herself to the organization. The greater the delay in this exercise, the lower the ability of the new hire to deliver. If HR succeeds in the onboarding process; the organization makes the best use of this precious talent.

Motivation is the key

In using onboarding as a key tool for absorbing and assimilating the new hire; HR has to do everything in its capacity to ensure that the initial excitement that the new hire experiences upon joining a new organization is sustained and does not fade anytime soon. If HR is unable to help the new hire keep the motivation up by raising their levels and challenging their abilities; it faces the prospect of sending the organization to any of these:

  • One in three new hires looks to quit the organization in only six months of joining, if the onboarding does not convince her of her prospects in the new organization;
  • At least a third of the executive new hires fail to reach their targets in the first two years of joining
  • Ineffective onboarding will be a major contributor to organizations losing two out of three talents in only four years at the present annual turnover rate of 10-15%

A study done by The Aberdeen Group offers hope that these trends can be reversed if the organization adapts the right hiring processes. Organizations that get their onboarding right can retain well over a healthy two thirds of their new leadership talent.

The connecting point

Experience has shown that it is not so much familiarity with the processes and tools that help engender a strong bond between the new hire and the organization as a strong sense of emotional connection with the new hires.

This is a more effective connecting point between the organization and the new hire, and is a far more authentic indicator of the success of the onboarding process than anything else. It is this strong, yet intangible connection is the crucial driving force for aligning the organization’s culture to the new hire, especially, a leader.

Getting the connecting point right

The ways of creating and nurturing this vital connecting point, on which the success or failure of onboarding rests, will be taught at a webinar that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the HR industry, is organizing. The speaker at this webinar, Marcia Zidle, who is CEO of Leaders at All Levels and a board certified executive coach based in Dallas, Texas, will explain how to make this happen. Want to make your onboarding process a success and optimize leadership talent in your organization? Then, please enroll for this webinar by visiting

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM.

Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

The talent of retaining and nurturing talent

The steps and decisions that HR can take to make onboarding effective will be explained at this webinar. She will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Learn six mistakes to avoid in your new hire onboarding process
  • Review best practices in executive onboarding accelerating executive success
  • Understand three onboarding approaches to integrate the new hire into their job and organization
  • Review an onboarding 90-day timeline with key tasks and tools to measure goals and milestones
  • Identify the top derailers for the critical stakeholders the manager, the new leader, human resources
  • Learn from focus groups what new leaders consider the top onboarding issues and ways to ensure success.

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About TrainHR TrainHR is a comprehensive Human Resources training solutions provider. In offering trainings that are valuable, yet cost effective, TrainHR is the ideal medium for Human Resources professionals.

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Author: Russel Stuart

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