When it comes to building your dream team, employers need to take care at every step of the hiring process to ensure each critical box is being checked – and the first box is onboarding.
We believe that onboarding is one of the most important times in a new hire’s journey. At Select Staff, we take special care to create a thorough and welcoming onboarding experience for each employee we hire. We then match them for both skill and cultural fit with leading clients across the nation!
While onboarding has always been an important aspect of the overall hiring journey, it has arguably never been more so. The state of the job market has undergone major changes over the last year, and workplaces need to adapt in order to stay competitive, attract new employees and retain their existing ones.
Keep reading to find out why onboarding remains one of the most critical aspects of hiring – and how we can help with the process.
Onboarding means a more effective team
No matter what industry you are operating in, ensuring that everyone on your team is working synergistically with one another is a must. Rather than having ten team members working disjointedly towards the same goal, having one ten-person team working collaboratively is always a more effective strategy. While it can be tempting to want your employees to dive right in, onboarding and training is a step that cannot be dismissed.
Moreover, taking your time with onboarding can actually result in employees reaching their full potential faster, compared to rushing through the process. Recent research found that new hires who experience longer onboarding times reach full competency up to 34% faster than those who do not.
Onboarding contributes to higher retention rates
Many recruiters and hiring managers agree that finding great talent has never been more difficult. In industries such as skilled trades, where the demand for talent is at an all-time high, retaining the employees that you do manage to hire needs to be a top priority. When new hires are onboarded properly, either by a staffing agency or an employer, retention rates increase substantially.
Recent figures found that a positive onboarding experience can improve employee retention by up to 82%, and that a negative one can result in new hires being twice as likely to look for new opportunities. Ensuring that onboarding and training programs are informative, engaging and thorough can help keep your employees around for much longer.
Positive onboarding means more profitability
Putting time and energy into your new hires results in a drastically reduced likelihood of further investment down the road. Properly trained and integrated temporary or permanent team members won’t need to be replaced as often, they are less likely to make mistakes or get injured, and their comprehensive understanding of their job duties will boost productivity levels. All of these factors indirectly result in higher profitability, but also a more enjoyable and engaging workplace culture.
It can instill a sense of camaraderie
Having a team that comes to work everyday with a sense of purpose and importance is something that all employers love. Team members that feel needed, respected and valued have a plethora of benefits for employee and employer alike, and getting to this point is made that much easier with an effective onboarding program.
In addition to training new employees properly on their duties and best practices, onboarding helps new hires become an integral part of a team, even if it is just for a temporary contract. Especially now, after a time defined by uncertainty and stress surrounding employment, it’s hard to put a price on that feeling.
Are you interested in learning more about the power of effective onboarding, or are you looking to hire some new team members? Let us help. Select Staff has been Texas’ leading staffing agency in the industries of light industrial, clerical, skilled trades and warehousing for four decades – contact us today.