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Onboarding is a crucial exercise for HR
15 March 2017
Onboarding is far from being a handshaking,
introductory session in which pleasantries are exchanged. Introduction and paperwork
are a very small part of onboarding. Onboarding goes beyond this. It is the
process in which the new hires are acclimatized to the new organization, its
people, its environment and its culture, apart of course, from its business.
is onboarding critical?
Onboarding is extremely important because
this is the act that actually connects the new talent to the organization. This
is all the more so when the onboarding program is for important positions such
as leaders. Leaders and even executives are hired to bring something new to the
organization. They are not the usual hires. They are expected to put their
talents to use to help the organization take the growth path.
Immediately after recruitment, there is
some initial excitement for the new hires. This is the same feeling that one
gets whenever something new is tried. It tends to wear out over time. Alas,
this feeling is stronger in the case of a new job. If the onboarding is not
properly done, new hires start feeling a sense of déjà vu and are likely to lose
their motivation in the new organization quickly.
Consider the following points to understand
why onboarding is very important in retaining new hires:
A third of new hires look for
new jobs in the first six months of having joined new companies;
A third of newly hired
employees in the executive cadre fail to meet their targets in the first two
years of joining a new organization;
At the current high rate of
turnover –anywhere between a seventh and a tenth –companies are likely to lose
about two thirds of their new talent ever four years.
A webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider
of professional trainings for the HR industry, will offer thorough insights
into the onboarding exercise. At this webinar, Marcia Zidle, who is CEO of Leaders At All Levels and a board
certified executive coach based in Dallas Texas; will be the speaker.
To fully understand the ways in which to
carry out a proper onboarding process that serves its purpose of helping the
organization retain leadership talent, enroll for this webinar by registering
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).
Onboarding is that act in which an
emotional connection develops between the organization and the new hires. This is the period in which the new leaders
are exposed to the many cultures –micro cultures if you like –that make up the
organization. Many organizations have many unwritten rules and ways of work.
The dynamics of the workplace are usually
unique to each organization. Different organizations doing the same business
could approach their business through different ways. This is the essence of
the uniqueness of each organization’s culture. Onboarding is that important process
by which all these are aligned to the thinking of the newly hired leader.
to retain talent
The criticality of proper onboarding is
best spelt out in a study by Aberdeen Group, which estimates that organizations
that carry out onboarding properly are a third more likely to retain leadership
talent. The most important use of proper onboarding is that it prevents organizations
from spending all its precious resources on the wrong person.
At this webinar, Marcia will show how
organizations’ HR can take the right steps and decisions regarding onboarding,
which will go a long way in helping the organization retain its leadership
talent and help it achieve its onboarding strategy. She will cover the
following areas at this session:
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.