The average length of an employee onboarding program is 90 days, but Gallup research found that it can take up to one year for employees to reach their full potential. The length of onboarding programs varies depending on factors such as the role itself and the amount of training required. Regardless of the length of the program, onboarding employees shouldn’t be rushed.
HR and hiring managers can make sure onboarding plans are effective by:
- Setting expectations by creating goals for new employees and defining what successful onboarding looks like
- Getting colleagues outside of new hires’ departments involved in fostering connections
- Checking in with new employees regularly and providing support throughout the program
- Conducting new hire performance reviews to ensure they are prepared to take on their day-to-day responsibilities