Benefits of employee onboarding
By Joanna, FlexiQuiz.
2 minute read.
What is employee onboarding?
Employee onboarding is an HR term for integrating new hires into an organization.
Onboarding is a critical part of the engagement process for new hires as it familiarizes them with the company culture, shares information and teaches them the required skills.
A good onboarding program helps new hires quickly become effective and engaged team members.
I want to clarify that onboarding is different from orientation. Company orientation typically involves paperwork and welcomes people to the role and workplace.
Benefits of employee onboarding
Stronger employee engagement
Engaging employees from the start positively impacts a business and ultimately helps to deliver higher profits.
Forbes defines employee engagement as the "emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals." Engaged employees strive to deliver the company goals as they care about the company and their role.
You can create a great onboarding experience that helps engage new hires by showing they are valued and work for an awesome organization.
These are a few activities that you can include to help new hires feel more engaged.
- Send a welcoming email to new hires with an introduction to the course and company.
- Reward success after completing a task or assignment - like a certificate or positive feedback.
- Share relevant materials at a suitable time.
If employees know what they are doing and what is required, they will likely be more productive.
By providing relevant training, new hires can quickly understand their role, organization, process and objectives.
In addition, online training allows new hires to progress at a suitable time and speed. You can create learning paths that direct everyone on the same path, and enable new hires to choose relevant topics or progress based on knowledge.
Many companies must ensure the workforce complies with industry regulations and government legislation.
To comply, companies typically provide compliance training and annual certification tests.
Including compliance training as part of your onboarding program ensures all new staff know and understand the business requirements from the start.
Improved employee retention
It costs a lot of money to recruit good talent. So once you've found the right employee, you want to retain them.
Pre-boarding and onboarding are often the first interactions the new hire has with the company.
According to statistics, organizations with a good onboarding process will experience 50% greater new hire retention. (Source: Harvard Business Review).
How to create an onboarding training program
Software like FlexiQuiz allows you to create custom onboarding programs tailored to your organization and sector.
Include interactive learning materials such as welcome videos from the team, company images, audio and text customized in the relevant language. You can track employees' progress with advanced reporting and quizzes that test their knowledge.
Our LMS features provide a great user experience for everyone. New hires can access their learning content using Respondent portals customized with your company logo.