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I have quoted the figure that a third of people will decide in their first month when they are going to leave an organisation in this blog before.  Yet the numbers I got from the Human Capital Institute are even more alarming. It claims that 87% of new employees make up their minds in the first 6 months if they are going to stay.

Clearly, the onboarding or welcoming process is critical. (I have blogged before about the importance of people being attached to an organisation – before engagement could be possible.)

Welcoming people is not about completing forms or reading induction manuals, it is about creating relationships as soon as you can – from the moment they give a verbal yes… (they become a RedBallooner).

Whilst a formal process is very important – it is the authenticity of the program, the true welcome that makes the most difference. Newbies need to know that they are part of something, they have come to the right place – and they feel that they fit and can contribute and are listened to from day one.

“The results are clear: helping new workers integrate into an organisation is the single most important factor linking an organisation’s talent brand and talent retention”
Dr Ross Jones HCI.

Managing people’s professional (and personal) transitions can have the most impact on retention. Professional transitions such as onboarding, promotions, transfers, foreign assignments etc. are important or very important for 83% of respondents. These are stressful times for people, and the easier an organisation makes it for the employee the greater the employee engagement. Just getting it right and treating people as people, not a number makes a difference.

This is equally important for personal transitions such as maternity, illness, a death of a loved one, family emergencies are very important to 82% of employees. The sincerity of supporting people in tough times can have a huge impact.

It reminds me of something my father used to say. ‘Do unto others as you would have them do to you’ … treat people as you would like to be treated yourself.

Have a process, but don’t let the checklist get in the way of creating a relationship with your newbie.

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