4 Key Benefits of Onboarding Employees Programmes
Onboarding strictly focuses on getting new hires up and running in a new job. The company provides them with the right tools and information enabling them to start performing. We strongly believe there is much more to onboarding.
There are multiple benefits of effective onboarding for all the parts involved in the programme, not just the employee. Thus, an effective onboarding programme will include this key benefits:
1. Faster acclimatisation and understanding
New hires acclimate to their new role much more easier. It also helps them to understand the company’s philosophies, and what the company has to offer.
You can regard onboarding buddies as cultural ambassadors, who can orient and acclimate new employees to your new company in a bid to ensure the best company fit.
2. Meaningful social connections
A good onboarding for employees offers a human connection – rather than purely focusing on bureaucratic elements.
Additionally, another of the social benefits of a good onboarding programme is building an internal network not only within the new hire’s department but also across departments.
49% of the respondents of our Pre & Onboarding Survey 2021 revealed that there was no introduction to other departments of the company during their onboarding programme. We consider that this is a huge missed opportunity. Meeting colleagues across all departments will give new hires the chance to hear more about their role and responsibilities.
In this context, it is essential that the onboarding process enables you to build these connections by assigning a mentor and/ or a buddy as early as possible. Both figures can guide new hires through the onboarding process. And both can enhance the employee experiences, making them feel safe and well taken care of.
The new hire buddy onboarding programme will detail the role and activities involving an onboarding buddy.
3. Higher employee engagement and retention
The employees’ loyalty to an organisation depends on the depth of social relationships established within the organisation. Thus, it does not depend exclusively on the job itself and the benefits new hires obtain out of it.
The social benefits of onboarding is linked to increased talent retention, and increased business outcomes. This is especially valid for the ability to establish close relationships at work. Engagement and retention are key employee onboarding metrics that measure the success of your integration. One of the most important benefits of onboarding is a higher employee retention by making new hires feel like a member of the team from the very beginning.
Gallup identified that employees who declare having a best friend at work are 35% more likely to report coworker commitment to quality. Moreover, they are 27% more likely to report that the mission of their company makes them feel their job is important.
4. Higher New Hire Proficiency
Onboarding new employees also make them confident with what they can bring to the team, and how fast they can become productive. Efficient onboarding tools, such as introdus, can improve employee onboarding, and no example is more illustrative than the buddy onboarding programme.
HCI reports that 87% of organizations that do assign a buddy programme to their new employee during the onboarding process say that it is an efficient way to boost new hire proficiency. However, only 53% of all the respondents to the study confirmed utilising a buddy programme as part of their onboarding process.