The hiring process is time-consuming and difficult, but keeping your new employees once they're hired presents its own set of challenges, writes Lukas Pesa for CNBC.
Organizations lose a quarter of new hires before the one-year anniversary, according to a 2012 study by Allied Van Lines. Researchers at Allied surveyed 500 HR professionals across the United States on topics related to workforce mobility, recruitment, and retention.
Based on the study, Pesa identifies three missteps you may be making during the onboarding process:
Mistake 1: You don't onboard
About 81% of the survey respondents reported that their organization had no allocated budget for onboarding, reports Pesa. But without an onboarding program, new employees will have trouble feeling included at the organization, warns Ethel Badawi, a professor at George Washington University.
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Mistake 2: You don't set milestones
To guide employees toward growth and success, leaders must establish clear expectations, says Harp Athwal, Head of North America Professional Services at Adaptavist. If new hires don't have specific steps to work toward, they may not feel empowered to succeed in their new role, notes Pesa.
Mistake 3: You don't measure productivity
About 42% of survey respondents don't measure their new-hire productivity, writes Pesa. However, many employees thrive in results-oriented work environments that value productivity, says Badawi. If new hires aren't measured against professional goals, they may feel disengaged, warns Pesa (Pesa, CNBC, 9/26).
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