Hiring & Onboarding for Successful Employees
Do you expect that your new hires will leave within 12 months? Monster.com reports 30% of external new hires turn over within the first two years of employment while the Society of Human Resource Management reports that turnover can be as much as 50% in the first 18 months of employment. While we certainly recognize that the average worker is changing jobs more often than in decades past, unnecessary turnover increases your expenses while slowing down operations. Hiring the right person will save your business time and money, but requires careful analysis and time.
Hiring the Right Way
Making the right hire starts long before you’re interviewing candidates. Take the time to analyze your business and the current staffing needs.
A few questions to consider:
- Do you need to fill a preexisting position or create a new one?
- Have you updated the list of required skills with the help of the department manager?
- Consider the hard skills, soft skills and the cultural fit that will benefit your team.
- What’s your track record of hiring for this position/department?
- Are there changes to be made to reduce turnover?
Successful managers get the right people into the right jobs. They look beyond the urgency of filling a position to find the person who offers a fresh perspective and another dimension to the team – adding a diversity of ideas, approaches and backgrounds.
The Difference between Retaining and Rehiring
Once you have the best person for the job, have YOU prepared them for success? Successful onboarding in one of the most effective weapons in your arsenal. Studies have shown that a well-designed training program can turn a new hire into a dedicated employee, reducing the costs of turnover.
One Small Change with a Big Impact
Onboarding is more than just a new hire orientation or getting to know your department team. A productive onboarding program contains many valuable components including a warm welcome before the employee’s first day, a written training plan, clear communication of your business’ culture and unwritten rules, continual engagement and stay interviews. The complete onboarding process spans 1-2 years. This may seem like a long time, but this is how long it takes for a new employee to fully settle in, understand how they fit into the big picture and learn how to operate within your organization. Whether your official onboarding process ends after the first day or after 90 days, your new hire is still transitioning to your business for at least a year.
Implement a Custom Hiring and Onboarding Program
Scott Human Resources works with many clients to create their custom hiring and onboarding processes. Meet with a human resources expert to learn how to optimize and streamline your hiring process while reducing turnover with an effective onboarding program. Email us at Office@ScottHR.com or call 785-272-5410 to schedule your free initial meeting with one of Scott Human Resources’ senior consultants today.
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