How high does your new employee onboarding rate?

In today’s highly competitive business landscape, hiring top talent is no longer enough to ensure long-term success. Companies must also focus on effectively integrating new employees into their teams and cultivating a sense of belonging from day one through their new employee onboarding process.

According to research and studies, there is considerable work to be done in this area. The failure rate for new hires within the first 18 months ranges between 25% and 46%.  Studies also tell us that Gen Z (born from 1995 to 2009) and soon to represent almost one-third of the Australian workforce have “itchy feet”, with over one-third (39%) planning to leave their job within one year.

It’s a given that training and development have always been important for employee engagement, and 63% of Gen Z agree! Based on these figures, it’s easy to see why the crucial process of new employee onboarding can make or break the success of an organisation’s retention goals. And if done poorly increases recruitment costs dramatically.

Companies must go beyond paperwork and logistics 

New employee onboarding goes beyond the paperwork and logistics of getting a team member up to speed. It is about:

  • creating a positive first impression,
  • setting clear expectations,
  • providing necessary resources, and
  • fostering a supportive environment for growth.

A well-executed onboarding program can help new employees feel welcomed, empowered, and motivated, leading to higher retention rates and productivity.

One critical aspect of employee onboarding is the selection process. Companies invest significant time and resources in finding the right candidate. However, the importance of providing feedback on assessments conducted during the selection process is often overlooked. Sharing the results of these assessments with the new employee can be immensely valuable as part of their onboarding and employee journey with an organisation.

Providing assessment results to new employees allows them to understand their strengths and areas for development. This feedback not only helps individuals gain self-awareness but also aids in aligning their goals with the organisation’s objectives. By sharing the assessment results, companies demonstrate a commitment to the growth and development of their employees right from the start.

Moreover, incorporating the results of psychometric assessments into the onboarding process can provide detailed insights to both the new team member and their manager. High quality psychometric assessments go beyond measuring skills and qualifications. They delve into personality traits, work styles, motivations, cognitive ability and behavioural tendencies. By understanding these aspects, managers can tailor their approach to supporting the individual employee’s development.

Information for strong new employee onboarding

A psychometric assessment should provide comprehensive information on the individual’s development areas. This information includes areas where they may need additional support or training to excel in their role. Armed with this knowledge, managers can create a well-defined development plan for the new team member, addressing their specific needs and setting them up for success.

Therefore, it is crucial to evaluate the effectiveness of your current psychometric assessment tool. Does it provide valuable information and insights to both the new team member and the manager? Does it offer actionable recommendations for development?

Assessing these aspects ensures that your onboarding process starts strong and sets the foundation for long-term success.

Reach out for a free psychometric assessment trial or to discuss a tailored approach for new employees in your organisation.