Why you need to treat employee onboarding as a vital part of your company’s process, and how technology can help.

We all know the feeling of arriving to work on your first day at a new job, struggling with how to set up your computer, filling out paperwork, and feeling invisible to new coworkers. This happens more than you might think; there are over 200 comments on reddit of individuals answering “What’s your worst first day on the job?”

There was a reoccurring theme of people showing up on their first day only to find out no one knew who they were. Here’s an example:

“The HR person who handled my hiring told me to come in on X date. I did, and absolutely nobody was expecting me. My boss had never filed my hiring paperwork, so I had to go sit by myself in the company cafeteria for four hours until she submitted it because I couldn’t be in the building where I was supposed to be working until I was an official employee.”

Surprised? One study found that almost a quarter of companies don’t have a structured onboarding process to help new employees adapt to a new working environment. 


Data source: Allied Workforce Mobility Survey: Onboarding and Retention. HBR.org


Additionally, how a new hire feels after their first day can have major implications for their long term integration; up to 20% of employee turnover happens in the first 45 days, and the organisational costs of employee turnover are estimated to range between 100% and 300% of the replaced employee’s salary. Although it can be hard for managers to prioritise onboarding, focusing on a new employee’s first days and weeks will lead to higher productivity levels and decreased employee turnover.  


What can you do to ensure a seamless onboarding process?

In our onboarding guide, we’ve outlined 5 key areas managers should focus on during the onboarding process. We’ve also included a detailed checklist and email templates you can start using today to onboard and welcome new employees. 

Click here to find out how to become a pro in onboarding new employees.


How can technology help? Automated onboarding management

HR has to keep on top of a lot of responsibilities, typically relying on memory or notifications from multiple unconnected systems. Even if you’re on top of it all, other people that need to take action (hiring managers, facilities, or even the CEO) might not be. That’s the issue that HR technology is here to solve.


Gain time to focus on your new hire by utilising technology to streamline the onboarding process, take care of your time consuming administrative work, and enhance your company’s employee engagement experience (all in one place!). Provide your employees with a self-service HR platform where they can easily fill out their information and learn about their coworkers’ interests all before their first day.



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About Danielle

Danielle is a Marketing Manager at Hibob. She studied Business and Psychology and believes in the power of utilising behavioral insights to form great companies. She enjoys discovering what the future of work might look like, listening to podcasts, traveling, and hiking.

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