How we rethought the process of onboarding new employees to maximize short-term impact and long-term success.
The process of onboarding new employees typically looks something like this: a tour of the office that feels more like an amusement park ride, introductions to everyone on the team all at once – so it’s certain that they won’t remember half the names, and finally, showing the new hire where they’ll be working accompanied by a quick overview of how to not mess up.
Then, the employee is promptly left alone in the deep end of the office ocean to see if they will swim, sink, or simply tread water for the next couple of years or so.
It may sound absurd, but this is the unfortunate reality that many new employees find themselves in.
There’s got to be a better way.
3 reasons to evaluate whether your employee onboarding program is working for you.
Whether it’s a lack of awareness or simply a lack of concern, many organizations don’t ever take the time to evaluate and evolve their employee onboarding program. It could be the number one reason for turnover or low performance in your workplace, but for whatever reason, the dots are never connected. However, as outlined in the numbered list below, the dots come together to paint a pretty clear picture; employee onboarding is vital to your companies success and growth.
1. Organizations with a standard onboarding process experience 50% greater new hire productivity.
2. 15% of employees said the lack of an effective onboarding program led to their decision to quit.
3. Employees who participate in a structured onboarding program are 69% more likely to stay with an organization for 3 years.
Obviously, it’s important to get your employee onboarding program working right, but what does getting it right even look like?
A Proven Employee Onboarding Program: Spark Impact
Our employee onboarding program, Spark Impact, isn’t really onboarding at all, it’s integrating.
The key difference is that onboarding simply provides the what and the who, not so much the how and the why. Also, onboarding programs typically bombard new hires with loads of information in a rigid, non-engaging format. This often results in a lack of internalization due to insufficient context, or simply information overload.
Integration is different. Integration focuses on immersion learning and accelerates the time it takes new employees to deeply understand who your organization is and how you work. It makes the new hire responsible for their own learning and helps build habits and characteristics that make a greater impact on your organization.
The goal of this all is to not just give new hires the tools they need to survive but to provide a clear roadmap for how they can thrive.
In short, our Spark Impact integration program promotes peer relationships, awareness of current priorities, clear visibility of teams and their purpose, and an understanding of the long-term goals of the business.
Download our free New Hire Integration Checklist & Guide today to get a sneak peek at this proven program.
It’s filled with everything you’ll need to start looking at new hire onboarding differently, including common onboarding mistakes and our top 5 tips for maximizing new hire impact.
Sounds great, but how do you know this integration program actually works?
Thanks for asking, we’re confident that our new hire integration program works for two main reasons:
- We’ve seen success using it internally
- We’ve applied it to external organizations and they’ve seen success
What do we mean by “success,” you ask? We mean being named:
- CBJ Fastest Growing Companies, 9 times
- CBJ Coolest Places to Work, 7 times
- Inc. Magazines Best Workplaces, 2 times
- Inc Magazines Fastest Growing Company, 10 times
- Iowa Top Mid-Size Workplace, 5 times
We did it for us, and now we’re helping companies like yours grow and achieve great things, too; all while ensuring an enjoyable and sustainable work environment. Here’s what a couple of our latest client partners had to say:
“This new on-boarding process is showing some really interesting results. Employees are much more comfortable and engaged and ready to make a difference. I can tell this new process will allow and help new employees be more successful sooner.”-Leverage Client, Tacoma, WA
“ We know how important this is for our employees. This program will help us get them the right information they need to be successful before they even begin working in their role.” -Leverage Client, Cedar Rapids, IA