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Research, done by Dan Schawbel, shows that job turnover rates are high. 

“Gen-Yers spend about two years before changing jobs, Gen-Xers tend to stay around five years and baby-boomers about seven years. Research from Anne Fisher reports that roughly 40 percent of executives who change jobs or get promoted fail in the first 18 months.”

Because there is a constant flow of new employees coming and old ones going, the more streamlined the onboarding process the better. Onboarding should start the moment a candidate is hired, the first day is key in setting them down the right path so they may successful as an employee.

The following is an abbreviated checklist for onboarding:

  • Incorporate company culture into onboarding
  • Set, clear expectations and goals
  • Assign a mentor
  • Identify career paths and demonstrate the skills and traits required to get to the next level
  • Make introductions to supervisors, stakeholders and team members
  • Keep the momentum going
  • Send a companywide email
  • Have multiple employees start at the same time

One think to bear in mind is that onboarding cannot be a cookie cutter process. The explanation for a senior executive position will be different form the entry level new hire straight out of college. This means your process should be adaptable and flexible.

About Ryan Malinoski

Ryan Malinoski was a staff writer and technical assistant for CAI’s Accelerating IT Success. He joined the team in 2013.

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