Why is onboarding important in the hiring process? Because quoting Shane Metcalf – the Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer of 15Five – “Onboarding is a process that helps new employees shift from being outsiders to insiders of an organization.”
Statistics say that the first 3 months are when new hires are particularly susceptible to turnover and the cost of employee turnover can cost up to ½ – 5x an employee’s salary.
How do we then make sure we’re on the right track?
1. Meet your employees beyond the resume
Within the first week, make sure you set up a one-on-one meeting, that could be the most important connection for the new employee.
Numbers say that employees who engage internally intend to stay at a rate that’s 8% higher on our intent-to-stay measure.
2. Show “how things work around” and give a team-led tour
Things like how to navigate in the building, where to get coffee from (or other resources), get familiar with the key areas of the surroundings, and very important – the workplace “language” can help them feel more acclimated. When the team is involved in a colleague’s onboarding, it brings them all together and chances are higher that you can create office friendships and influence your employees happier.
Statistics say that with friends at work, employees are 47 percent more likely to love their companies.
3. Offer continuous training and support
Helping new employees assimilate doesn’t stop after the 2 weeks of training. Make sure you check at key intervals how they stand, that they have everything sorted it out and that they fully understand what the business is about, its reason for being and values.
Don’t expect he rocks the show from the first month, statistics say that It typically takes eight months for a newly hired employee to reach full productivity.
4. Involve the leadership team
Break the ice with the superiors! New employees are curious to meet the executives, especially with those they will be interacting in their routine. It is a good practice, as numbers say that 77% of executive managers ensure they meet with new recruits.
5. Get feedback
The direction of on-boarding new employees may require adjustments that are based on feedback from them.
In a survey conducted by BambooHR, 53 percent of respondents who quit jobs within the first six months said “review and feedback of early contributions” is one of the most important things a new employee needs to get up to speed and begin contributing quickly.
And one to conclude with, the last but the most important: Company and team vision and values
If you want them to commit to your mission, vision and core values, show them what they are.
An estimated 50% of new employees don’t understand their company’s mission and values after 90 days.
What other successful onboarding practices are you using? Leave us a comment below.
There are many benefits for companies that decide to outsource recruitment services. As companies have various talents and services, they may need support in areas that could be lacking. For example, an IT company may outsource their hiring needs to a Recruiting Company, such as SourceMatch. This allows the IT company to focus on its service, while Soucematch, focuses on supporting the company’s needs to hire the right talent. Or a retail company new to online ordering may need to outsource delivery options, web support, and web design services. When it comes to outsourcing recruitment, there are many other benefits to it. These include: experience level in regards to services, saving time, reducing costs, employment branding, sourcing and retaining talent, and the various functions required as time and demands change. However, more than anything else, engaging in a recruitment partnership enables you to have access to processes, resources and validated best practices that have taken significant efforts to reach a level of expertise that is recognized in the market.
Outsourcing is one way for a company to access a veritable wealth of expertise in an unfamiliar subject area. Many established companies, startups, and even reorganized companies utilize the resources of outsourcing recruitment. They realize that allowing fellow professionals to assist in an unfamiliar area is vital to the growth of the company. The experience level of the company in regards to the level of need is a factor in deciding which recruiting company to use. SourceMatch has over 25 years of professional recruiting experience, and has coined the term “Engaged Recruiting”. We assist established companies, start-ups, or those in need of reorganization. SourceMatch utilizes state-of-the-art technologies, metrics, recruiting, consulting, holistic assessments, and especially a “stay human” approach to improve our clients’ organizations, coming in stark contrast to the traditional recruitment agencies or veritable “resume shops.”
Emphasis on Return-on-Investment (ROI)
Saving money is very important to our clients, and what is even more important is that we increase the effectiveness by treating each hiring decision as an investment decision. Businesses that save money can focus on expansion, employee raises, and boosting morale. SourceMatch saves its clients money, time, and energy that would otherwise be expended finding and reviewing hundreds of resumes, filling back position because a candidate didn’t make it through the first months of employment, or simply employees that should not have been hired in the first place. It’s our observation that it costs a company between 2 to 6 times a particular job’s annual salary to replace employees due to turnover with factors such as: time invested in searching, interviewing, and onboarding a new hire (across all involved stakeholders), lack of productivity, or cost of lost opportunity. SourceMatch stays ahead of the market trends to avoid the risks that such a hiring decision can bring, allowing our clients to focus on their particular business, rather than spending more time and money learning a new skill.
Access Wisely Combined Recruiting Resources
At SourceMatch, we thrive at searching for and retaining the top talent for our clients. We have access to a plethora of recruiting tools and assessments that we carefully choose and combine into individual solutions for each organization’s needs. These assessments include behavior profiles, skills, and language knowledge. We adjust assessments based on historical data of successful hires and ineffective hiring decisions.
Tap Into a Well of Validated Expertise
As companies decide to outsource recruitment services, they discover that using a specialist delivers what is needed to excel at hiring. Consulting or recruiting services offer organizations the benefit of having an outside approach to problem-solving. SourceMatch has years of experience in consulting and providing recruitment services with which to serve our clients. Their growth and confidence in the employees demonstrate how beneficial outsourcing recruitment can be. With a constant concern for improvement, a partner such as SourceMatch will persist in updating, upgrading and innovating on the client organization’s behalf. It’s part of our core DNA knowing that change is also constant across the global talent demand and availability.
Top Talent Will only Respond to Top Recruitment Practices
Many companies provide a specific service: web design, software programming, and IT services are just a few examples. Finding and retaining top talent, not just any talent is a necessity for those businesses that want to thrive. Outsourcing recruitment allows companies to focus on their organization, while SourceMatch focuses on finding the best fit for their open positions. While most recruiting agencies rely on a “hit-and-run” approach, SourceMatch invests time with each of its clients to truly understand their vision, values, and objectives. By doing so, it allows the hiring managers to dive deep into what truly motivated them to create a job opening in the first place, which most often ties into the organizational culture and growth strategy. This approach is essential to attract top talent, who are especially interested in how they can personally contribute to a company’s innovation and long-term plans.
Retention Starts with Intelligent Recruiting
To retain talent, companies need to know the workforce. Many companies are skilled in certain areas but do not fully understand what is going on in the current workforce. At SourceMatch, we specifically study and utilize how data and trends affect the talent pool, so that our clients have actionable market intelligence. Although retention is the subject of many post-hire efforts, it is a key component to consider when searching for and interviewing candidates. Painting a clear picture of an organization’s culture, vision, mission, values and especially the unwritten expectations before prospective candidates is one of the best ways to avoid a misalignment of expectations once hired. That misalignment is what causes the first slips of motivation for new hires when the true faces of the manager, their new team and sometimes job responsibilities creep in after a few months on the job.
Flexibility is Key in an Ultra-Competitive Global Market
By consulting with SourceMatch, companies that have discovered new growth opportunities to learn can save costs during a restructure or reorganization. Having an outside view can also allow for new insights, new plans for areas of growth and effectiveness of investments. For example, department store retailers that used outside consultants were given plans and ideas for ways to change with the times. They successfully maneuvered through the online market, and have now expanded their profit margins. Other stores did not reach out for support, and we now see them closing their doors.
Candidates Can have an Amazing Recruiting Experience
That’s applicable whether you hire them or not. Allowing a recruiting partner to come up with a fresh perspective opens up more benefits for not only your organization but your prospective candidates as well. From an outsider’s perspective, companies can learn candidate experience analysis and improvement practices. Is your organization candidate-oriented and willing to change in a global market where the Skills Gap affects more and more companies? Have you had a consultation with SourceMatch to check your candidate focus and areas for growth? We would be happy to assist in helping your company to reach higher profits and be ultra-competitive in a global economy driven by one key resource: the best talent.
The benefit of Outsourcing Recruiting Services
As you can see, there are many benefits for an organization that chooses to outsource recruiting. Experience, reduction in costs, access to resources, branding, sourcing and retaining top talent, reorganizing, and improving functions are just some of the benefits you can gain when SourceMatch provides your recruiting outsourcing services.
With the addition of advanced technologies like machine learning, advanced programming, and distributed data analytics, recruiters are ready to broadcast job openings to more places. We see the development of technologies that allows us to provide a platform for candidates to engage with companies and their recruiting processes.
That’s why it’s important for recruiting professionals to adopt cutting edge technology so that they won’t have to resort to outdated technology when learning how to use it.
Technology will play a larger role in our companies hiring process this year, and here a few reasons why: Since last year, passive recruiting became the top priority source in every hiring organization (35% up compared to last year). In fact, to save time, over 42% of recruiters are turning to intelligent tools that process all data info for them and the other 46% don’t have enough data to make smarter decisions in their hiring process. On average, recruiters can actively source for 64% of the open roles in their organization. Hence, why we see companies seek out additional recruiters to help out with that growing number of unfilled/hard to fill positions. For smaller businesses, recruiters are currently seeking candidates with more experience and with a greater level of skill than their average employee. However, 20% are actively sourcing for all open roles in their organization.
The preferred outreach method
Since 2018, emails continue to be the preferred method to reach out to candidates (up to 38%, followed by phone/text 33%) and LinkedIn inMails (13%) had a significant decrease since last year.
Your employer brand is influenced by diversity in the workplace, which is not only a value but a core factor that positively contributes to the quality of work if proper attention is given to it. The number of opportunities for hiring talent is growing with a staggering 80% of new hires done to improve diversity in the workplace. But even more compelling, a growing number of organizations are also leveraging hiring automation, finding solutions to the hiring pipeline needs for diversity, inclusion and equity training (AOC), and the integration of workforce management (WFM).
Where is recruiting automation most useful?
In order to stay competitive, recruiters must dedicate an increasing amount of their day to sourcing. This year, 22% of talent organizations will increase their spend in recruiting automation tools (up 30% YoY), creating better and more relevant results. To ensure there’s a fit between jobs and candidates, recruiters need to understand how automation works, why it will impact their jobs and how to adapt to the changing landscape of data collection and decision-making processes. As for some job seekers, automation is a straight path to a less-stressful process after using grueling application processes and assessments. For others, automation for long-term planning means a fresh start.
Talk to SourceMatch to find out how we leverage technology to make your recruiting process better, faster and easier!
Here’s a look at the habits of successful recruiters, in a time when the war for talent has become a reality for most organizations.
1. Keep Your Confidence and Persistence
Recruiting has its highs and lows. Staying confident and persistent can help you when things seem to slow down. It’s important to remember that a “no” now, could turn into a “yes” later. Don’t get discouraged, just shake it off and keep going with a smile. It’s not about you, it’s about a million other things that could be going on with your future client or candidate. Maybe there are personal things that put them in a bad mood. Maybe the workload is very busy right now. Keep calm, confident, and persistent, and you may have a future client or candidate. It’s important to check back, even if they said “no,” because time can change a lot.
2. Stay Proactive and Positive
In recruiting, you will need to do your research to stay proactive and be successful in the long-term game. What big changes have occurred in the recruiting world? The economy? Your clients’ businesses? By discussing and researching current trends, you can stay up to date with any changes. Staying positive despite the ongoing change demonstrates your ability to maneuver through obstacles, which will make you look great to potential clients. A smile and a positive attitude will go a long way!
3. Organizing Your Recruiting
It’s very beneficial to organize your contact list of clients and candidates. Using Excel or Google sheets is a good start. There are also specific sites that allow you to sign up for an account which will keep track of that data for you. For instance, when you send an email, some applicant tracking or customer relationship management systems keep track of who and when you sent it, allowing that legwork to be taken care of. It can remind you to follow up with potential clients or potential candidates. Do you use Google calendar or Calendly? Those are a few ways to keep track of meetings and appointments. There are numerous sites or software applications that can help you stay organized. In recruiting, it’s important to stay professional and organized with your time.
4. Knowledge of Clients and Candidates (and their needs)
Are you up to date with your clients and the current candidate pool? Staying up to date with your clients’ needs means keeping in contact with them, checking in on a regular basis, and finding out about any new workplace cultural norms. Have they adopted any new norms or are there any issues with employee retention? How can we help our clients solve those problems (if any)? Offering to listen to your clients’ needs shows that you respect and care about their business. Staying up to date with the current candidate pool means knowing what candidates are demanding in regard to the workplace and pay. How competitive are their skills in regards to the pay they are looking for?
5. Consistency of Building Relationships and Referrals
Building and adding clients to your base helps your company’s recruiting service. By constantly looking for potential clients and referrals, you create future clients and more revenue. It’s important to make time for relationship building. Have you reached out to new clients and offered to take them coffee or out to lunch? What about your current clients? It doesn’t hurt to take them out or send a nice gift to the staff. Those small gestures pay off big time when they share your business as a referral.
6. Communication, Empathy and Listening Skills
Being able to actively converse and listen during a conversation, is a great skill to hone. By asking questions and listening to your client, you build a relationship. It’s known that people who are interested in others create a bond and relationship by allowing the other to share information. People feel connected to others, the more they are allowed to talk about things that relate to them. Actively listening empathetically, is actually a skill that will benefit your relationships. Rather than just glaring over when someone is talking; smile, nod, and show interest. Let the other person finish his or her thought or say “excuse me” if you need a turn to speak. You can add to what the other person has said and show that you listened, as well. This makes the other person feel cared for and important.
7. Current Trends / Technology
Staying up to date with the current recruiting trends and technology will boost your know-how and relevance. What AI is available and what can it do to help with recruiting? What about the current recruiting trends? Which companies are struggling to find employees and what jobs are hot right now, and need to be filled asap? What are candidates looking for and what are companies looking for? LinkedIn is a great resource for learning about current trends with both businesses and candidates. Other popular recruiting resources are listed here. Recruiting is an ever-evolving process, so it’s important to stay in the loop! The SourceMatch team regularly publishes blog posts, opinions, and curated content to save you the trouble of having to look for the best sources on the internet.
Being a successful recruiter can require a lot of know-how and practice. By keeping your confidence and persistence, staying proactive and positive, organizing your recruiting, having knowledge of clients and candidates (and their needs), staying consistent with building relationships and referrals, developing communication, empathy and listening skills, and keeping up with current trends/technology, you will build a successful recruiting career.