Why Organizations Need Effective Onboarding

During the pandemic many companies have had to lay off a significant number of employees as volume has dropped. In the coming months, many companies will start to hire as volumes start to return to normal levels.

It is critical that a formal on-boarding process is used and supported by advanced tools in order to assure your associates are productive as quickly as possible. The ability to execute on a formal on-boarding program can save companies tens of thousands of dollars a year in lost productivity, ads, interviewing, testing and training. 

The Cost of Unstructured Onboarding

A well thought out formal onboarding process will have an hourly associate at the expected performance level within six weeks. A typical employee making $15 per hour including fringe would cost the company $3600 over that six week process. Companies using a typical onboarding approach of letting their best employee train the new person and not having well timed formal reviews and coaching sessions with their supervisor can typically extend an on-boarding process to 12 weeks or more. This means the company will spend at least twice as much in helping that new employee attain the expected performance level. With organizations that have 25% or more turnover, this cost is significant on an annual basis.   

Create a Formal Onboarding Program to Reduce Labor Spend

Creating a formal onboarding program supported by ProTrack Labor Management Software will assure new employees are helped to reach their full potential within a reasonable number of weeks; typically six to eight weeks. Tools in ProTrack like the learning curve and coaching modules automatically inform a manager when employees need support or course correction based on their performance. These follow-ups are part of a continuous improvement process that enforces the formal onboarding plan. 

Additionally, formal coaching sessions support engagement between employee and supervisor and define expectations throughout the six week on-boarding process.  A defined onboarding process will improve connection between the hourly associate and the management team and encourages new hires to feel a sense of belonging in the organization. Retention is often improved by as much as 50% when companies use a formal onboarding process.

Scheduling out a formal three to six week period of training and coaching sessions for new employees can set them on the right path to success. ProTrack labor management software supports this initial program by utilizing real time data and tools for managers to help get associates to peak performance effectively.  

A formal onboarding program boosts employee engagement and gets new employees up to speed quickly, resulting in increased retention, productivity, and labor savings.

ProTrack Labor Management Software supports this program with real time data and modules that help managers to properly coach, train, and continuously improve employee performance.  

Contact TZA to learn more about ProTrack Labor Management Software can help you create the best onboarding plan for your organization.

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