Onboarding [on-bohr-ding]—n. is the process through which new employees acquire the skills, behavior, and knowledge to become effective members of an organization. Research has shown that these techniques lead to higher job satisfaction, better job performance, greater commitment to the organization, and reduced turnover.
Introducing an onboarding program into your employee experience lifecycle can mean the difference between retaining a top employee for a lifetime and watching them walk out the door after two months. “Companies who implement an effective onboarding program during the first three months of new-hire employment experience 31 percent less turnover than those who don’t” Aberdeen Group.
Millennials make up much of the talent pool. In fact, by 2020, they will constitute half of the working population. With the generation gap between workers heading into retirement and those replacing them, employers who want to win the recruiting and retention game need to understand what millennials look for in a company.
“Matching culture, mission and goals go above and beyond the Attraction Step.
The onboarding is a much more involved approach to assimilating a new hire in your community and team dynamics” Magda Vargas
Keep it simple! these are 4-things our Millennials want and tips for mastering how to best onboard and develop them:
- Right now!
Most Millennials want it now. Millennials are used to Googling anything they want to know as soon as they want to know it. That same instant gratification is expected in how Millennials receive all their information, including corporate training and development. TIP: Have resources available, so that those who want or need to learn something have them readily available. If there is a deadline to be met, simply communicate it with your employees.
- Short attention spans
Millennials know how to weed out what they don’t need and find exactly what they’re looking for. TIP: Create short, bite-sized snippets of onboarding material or ongoing training. Essentially, cutting up the information into smaller bites makes it more easily digested.
- Fun and accessible
Of course, Millennials want to have fun. Who doesn’t? Traditionalists, Boomers, X’ers—everyone does. TIP: Do presentations and materials fun and break up the monotony and grab everyone’s attention. Get people smiling and excited to work for you. Also, Millennials want onboarding and training to work on all devices everywhere.
- Integrate Assessments
Assessments can be good pre-hiring tools as well as effective tools during the onboarding process. It can help your Millennial new employee understand his leader communication styles and the team dynamics.
Onboarding is important because it introduces the employee to the company’s culture and expectations and gives the multi-generational workforce vital training and information needed to succeed in their new position.