Do This to Retain New Hires

By: Lauren Mineau

First impressions count, and that’s even more the case in a new hire’s first few days on the job, according to new research.

Organizations who poorly handle the onboarding process are more likely to see new hires move on to new opportunities sooner rather than later, according to a survey by machine-learning software vendor Digitate.

The company surveyed 1,500 corporate professionals on their experiences getting hired. Results found that if that experience was not a good one, it set the tone for the workplace culture. It also made the employee less likely to recommend the company to a peer.

Common mistakes that are made during this process are going silent after presenting a job offer, neglecting to acknowledge or introduce the new hire once they’ve begun and dumping excessive information on them all at once, according to leadership development expert and CEO Anett Grant in a post on HRDive.com.

The new hire is very likely qualified for whatever they are hired for, but overwhelming them can set them off in the wrong mindset. They are likely going to need to learn new systems, new tasks and new workplace expectations. When one starts a new job, their whole life is uprooted and changed – for better or worse, but it’s still an adjustment. Make sure to account for some learning time.

Consider a company-wide new hire procedure. It can even include simple things like taking the new employees to lunch. A laid-back mealtime can help new hires feel at ease and get to know their colleagues quickly, which can make a person feel comfortable faster.