Onboarding Best Practices: A Guide for Onboarding New Staff

Effective onboarding can help your organization reduce costs associated with staff turnover and ensure that new employees are set up for success. According to a 2010 Society for Human Resource Management study, "employees in a well-structured onboarding program are 69 percent more likely to remain at the company after three years." The effects of onboarding last for years, so it is worthwhile to spend time considering the best approach for your organization.

This guide provides templates and tools for effective onboarding that can be modified to meet the needs of any organization. It focuses on three stages of onboarding: (1) What needs to happen before the employee begins (2) That crucial first day (3) The first week and beyond. It also includes a sample evaluation for employees to take about the onboarding process itself. This provides organizations with ongoing feedback about the onboarding process.


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