A Faulty Onboarding Process is Why Most Employees Quit Early

A Faulty Onboarding Process is Why Most Employees Quit EarlyWe all know how difficult it is holding onto a new employee. For those who don’t, it’s far worse than feeling ticklish but being unable to flop around like Kermit the Frog in constant giggles. In a 2014 research by BambooHR, a software company it was found that 31 percent of people simply quit their job within the first six months. The figure certainly doesn’t speak well of the employer’s onboarding process. In order to find out what exactly is wrong with the onboarding process of US employers; BambooHR surveyed more than 1000 U.S. employees over the age of 24 to find out what pressed them into quitting their jobs and what can be done to improve employers’ onboarding processes.

Top Three Reasons They Quit

It was found that new hires prefer direct managers showing them the ropes and not a coworker or the HR. Around 33 percent of respondents said they wanted their own managers who could help them get started, while 29 percent preferred the HR. As a matter of fact, one should continue to recruit in the first three months, since people (around 17 percent of respondents) tend to leave in a steady flow in the first three months. Below are the three top reasons why U.S. employees quit their jobs shortly after getting hired: 28 percent – Change of mind on work type 26 percent – Work is quite different that what they had initially expected 23 percent – The boss is a jerk

What employees want from company onboarding programs?

When developing a proper onboarding process, one must always create it with the aim to help the new hires stay for a much longer period than just six months. Below are the top four most common advice respondents have for companies that are looking forward to doing things differently with their onboarding programs: 23 percent – Receive clear guidelines on company policies and what their responsibilities are. 21 percent – More effective training 17 percent – A friendly smile or a helpful coworker can sometimes help a lot during the initial weeks of getting hired

Want to Revamp Your Onboarding Process?

Only 9 percent of HR professionals believe that their current onboarding process doesn’t need any more tinkering around to do. 43 percent of HR professionals think that an ineffective onboarding process can result in waste of time and money. More than $10,000 a year is wasted on deficient onboarding practices. Here’s is how HR professionals believe their onboarding process can improve: 41 percent – incorporating job training 37 percent – a mentor/buddy program 28 percent – an updated employee handbook How about we update the employee e-handbook will glossy new pictures and more CSR information? After all, employees tend to take pride in who they work for. 52 percent of respondents view getting an organized, relevant and timely content as the most important element of a successful onboarding process. 37 percent of respondents want a little help getting to understand the workplace culture a little better, by getting help with new projects and getting a chance to ask important questions. Perhaps, it’s time to revamp your onboarding process?

Priyansha Mistry
Currently editor at The HR Digest Magazine. She helps HR professionals identify issues with their talent management and employment law. | Priyansha tweets at @PriyanshaMistry

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