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The Importance of Onboarding in HR Management

The Importance of Onboarding in HR Management

Employee onboarding is the process of introducing a new employee into the job that they are effectively entering. Onboarding is largely important for HR Management as it is the stage of an employee’s lifecycle which integrates the employee within the new environment they are to be working within with the aim of large productivity and efficiency. Moreover, onboarding largely outlines to the employee the organisations’ goals, rules, policies and values that they must effectively become acquainted with in order to work effectively with the organisations’ culture.

A largely easy employee onboarding process is immensely important for Human Resources (HR) managers to effectively ensure they are doing correctly. An effective employee onboarding that ensures employees are largely satisfied and comfortable with the new position they are in is extremely beneficial for the organisation. Furthermore, HR managers effectively utilise a variety of tools to ensure that the process is largely perfect.

The utilisation of a Human Resource Information System (HRIS) has been implemented by a wide variety of HR managers to ensure easy onboarding processes are attained. (See bottom of the page for more detail). Although to expand in more detail clearly described below are critical points for the importance of an easy employee onboarding within an organisation which is extremely critical for HR Management.

Increase Employee Retention

A largely easy employee onboarding process is critical to retain employees within an organisation. Statistics have effectively shown that an easy onboarding process for the employees will help to improve organisations new hire retention by 82%. This is extremely critical for HR managers to consider when designing their employee onboarding process. HR managers must find effective ways to ensure that onboarding the employee is extremely simple and easy.

Moreover, employees onboarding within an organisation become increasingly likely to be retained due to easy processes when they are constantly being engaged by HR managers. Through doing so an employee is experiencing the positive culture the organisation effectively consists of and becomes acquainted with a motivating environment that promotes individual employee development thus increasing employee retention rates.

Lower Time to Productivity

Through an effectively easy employee onboarding process, the HR manager can critically lower the time to productivity for employees. This is due to the ease in which an employee onboards increases the speed to which an employee may effectively develop and in turn become increasingly more productive within an organisation faster. Interestingly, statistics have further shown that with a strong employee process productivity for employees will increase by over 70%.

This, in turn, becomes largely critical for HR managers to attain within their organisations. Through increasing the productivity level of an employee when they onboard, HR managers are ensuring that these employees are being extremely useful in reaching employee organisational goals. Moreover, due to increased productivity for a new hire, motivational levels for observing employees are likely to increase due to seeing an employee who has entered within the organisation working positively and effectively.

Increased Organisational Teamwork and Culture

An effective and easy employee onboarding process is essential in effectively increasing organisational teamwork and culture. Employee teamwork is effectively increased through the ease of the process due to employees becoming increasingly likely to communicate with others such as mentors, leaders, managers and further small organisational teams. These individuals will help ensure that when the employee onboards, they are comfortable with the position they are entering and are not scared of working in teams.

Moreover, this effectively promotes organisational culture. Specifically, the organisational culture that is promoted is the positive team working culture. From the moment the new hire enters within the organisation they effectively understand the environment they are working within and become increasingly more associated with the organisations’ culture, embodying it within their daily operations.

Increased Employee Job Satisfaction

A largely easy process for new hires is largely essential to effectively increase employee job satisfaction. Employee satisfaction levels are increasingly likely to increase with the effective the process. This is largely due to employee job satisfaction being attained as employees find the organisation is meeting their personal employee value proposition (EVP).

Specifically, EVP is likely to increase due to employees finding that the organisation is meeting personal employee requirements. This is obtained through onboarding due to the employee finding that the organisation is aligned to helping the employee effectively become integrated within the organisation as effectively as possible. In turn, this increases the employees’ job satisfaction and further will correspondingly increase the overall productivity of the onboarding employee.

Improve Employee Mental Health

Through an overall easy employee onboarding process, an employee is likely to experience an improvement of mental health. This is done whereby the employee who is onboarding within the organisation will find an easy process is likely to reduce the anxiety they may have had when joining into the company. Moreover, this anxiety, fear and stress that may have held back productivity and effectiveness of the employee will be removed and in turn likely promote positive workplace attitudes and personal health.

One large influence through the easy onboarding process may be an increasing promotion of positive neurotransmitters. Specifically, this is the release of dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphin chemicals. By promoting these chemicals throughout the onboarding process of employees, the benefits such as a larger perceptual understanding of activities, complex problem-solving skills, more creative insights and greater efficacy may be attained.

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