You just filled a job opening and you’ve spent the first few weeks orienting your new employee and delving into basic training; just enough to get them up to speed. But are your new hires prepared to succeed in their new roles after only a few days of onboarding?
According to a study published in the Academy of Management Journal, interactions, whether negative or positive, with employers and co-workers during the first 90 days on the job can have a major impact on the employee experience; and these experiences may determine whether an employee decides to quit their job in the first 90 days or continue working for you.
The study revealed that employees who received high levels of support from both their employers and co-workers in the first 90 days developed a more positive attitude towards their jobs. On the other hand, new hires who felt ‘left out’ during the same time period performed poorly, often called in sick or simply quit.
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EPIC is an Employee Engagement software that gives you the tools and insights to create a workplace culture that encourages engagement, loyalty, and trust.
So what does giving full support to new hires during their first 90 days mean for your business?
It means the difference between better retention and increased productivity versus high employee turnover. It’s the difference between improved customer and client interactions versus dissatisfied customers and decreased profits.
To guarantee new hire success:
- Provide ongoing training and support for your new staff member during the first 90 days, not just during the first two or three weeks of their employment. Check in from time to time to assess the employee’s performance and integration with co-workers.
- Let all of your employees know that you expect nothing less than their support of new team members. That means not only training and orientation of new staff but making sure that the new employee is invited to lunch, is escorted to meeting or is introduced to other members of the organization. New hires who feel part of and the support of their colleagues have an easier time fitting in which leads to their success.
The effort that you put in for the first 90 days lays the foundation for your employees success but it shouldn’t stop at 90 days. Make sure that you are engaging staff year round.
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