Employee onboarding is the process of integrating new employees into an organization and preparing them for their new role. It involves activities designed to help new employees become familiar with their new job, the company culture, operational policies and procedures, and the expectations of their new role.
Typically, employee onboarding starts as soon as the new employee accepts the job offer and continues for several weeks or in some cases, for months. The onboarding process may include orientation sessions, training programs, introduction to colleagues, and review of company policies and procedures.
Why is it important for new hires to be subjected to proper onboarding?
Increased productivity: A well-structured onboarding program helps new employees become productive more quickly. The faster new hires understand their role, responsibilities, and the company culture, the quicker they can start contributing to the organization. Additionally, onboarding programs help new employees learn about the company’s goals, values, and expectations. They receive information about the company’s products, services, and processes, and they get to know their colleagues and supervisors. This can help them perform their job better and with greater confidence.
Improved employee retention: Effective onboarding can help new employees feel welcome and valued, which can increase their job satisfaction and commitment to the organization. Sufficient job satisfaction and commitment can lead to lower turnover rates and reduce the cost of hiring and training new employees.
Enhanced company culture: A good onboarding program introduces new employees to the company’s culture, values, and mission. This helps them understand how their work fits into the broader goals of the organization, and fosters a sense of belonging and loyalty.
Compliance with legal requirements: Onboarding programs ensure that new employees receive important legal and safety information, such as workplace safety policies, harassment prevention, and data privacy rules. This can help reduce the risk of legal problems and safety incidents for your organization.
Onboarding is important for every new hire because it integrates these new employees into the company. Once the new hires are provided with the knowledge, training, and support they need to become productive members of the team, human resource managers can worry less about acclimating, engaging, and retaining their best employees.
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