Onboarding new employees is the process of welcoming new hires to your organization, and ensuring they’re set up for success. It involves supplying them with the resources and objectives they need to be fully-engaged, productive members of your team. When onboarding is effective, employees are able to contribute to company success, sooner.
Onboarding is Not Orientation
New hire onboarding is an ongoing process of assimilation, not a one-time orientation event.
Onboarding Isn’t a One-Size-Fits-All Approach
Ensure your onboarding process reflects your company's unique culture and goals, and is tailored to specific positions.
What Does Effective Onboarding Look Like?
Although new hire onboarding programs can vary greatly among organizations, most effective onboarding programs:
Make tasks and forms easy to access
Provide clear and consistent communication channels
Share information about company culture and policies
Set milestones to gauge new hire success
How Long Should New Hire Onboarding Last?
The length of a new hire onboarding program can vary, and depends on the complexity of each new hire’s responsibilities. Many onboarding programs last between three and six months; however, some organizations extend onboarding to a new hire’s first twelve months. In general, you can think of onboarding as the detail-oriented first step of an employee’s ongoing training.