Onboarding is the process of incorporating new employees into your organization. Properly done, onboarding introduces new hires to your company culture, rules, and procedures in order to prepare them to be successful and productive.

Employees who don’t understand their role have higher turnover and lower morale. According to Click Boarding:

  • Up to 20% of employee turnover happens in the first 45 days
  • Nearly 33% of new hires look for a new job within their first six months on the job
  • Organizations with a standard onboarding process, experienced 50% greater new hire retention

What do you do if your company doesn’t have a large budget or a dedicated HR staff? Onboarding doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive in order to get results. Here are some tips from Recruiter on how to welcome new employees as they become a part of your company:

  • Make sure their desk and working area is well prepared
  • Help the employee make connections
  • Be the tour guide
  • Assign a mentor/buddy
  • Plan a group lunch
  • Provide a list of go-to resources
  • Develop a safe learning environment
  • Choose staff trainers wisely
  • Give the employees the tools to succeed

Additional ideas on creative ways to welcome new employees are available from the Society for Human Resource Management. Are there ways that you can improve your onboarding process and increase the likelihood that your new employees will be successful?