Good reasons for good onboarding
Successful onboarding with Personio
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Why is onboarding so important?
Hiring and training new employees is expensive. The cost of searching for a new employee, including the internal costs, quickly amounts to 30 – 40% of the yearly salary of the position you wish to fill. Once a fitting applicant is found, it is in the interest of every organization to train and familiarize him or her quickly and to help the new employee feel good in their new work from the beginning.
An employee who feels alone and out of place, because other colleagues and supervisors do not take time for him, his PC does not work, or he is not invited to meetings, quickly loses the motivation that made him stick out in his interview to begin with. Every resignation during the probation period that is not due to irreconcilable technical or personal differences should be avoided. Such resignations cost not only money and time for the renewed personnel search, but also leave behind the unfinished work that the new employee was hired to accomplish in the first place.
In light of the growing shortage of skilled employees, making sure the hiring and training process for new employees goes well from the beginning will help foster an image of being a good employer (both internally and externally).
Who is responsible for onboarding? HR or management?
The direct supervisor is basically the one responsible for a successful onboarding. The HR department is there to provide support and ensure that the onboarding process follows the same framework with all management and is considered as essential for a successful hiring/training of new employees.
The HR department can also provide operational support with overarching themes, like, for example, coordinating trainings that are necessary inter-departmentally. However, management retains responsibility for successful onboarding.