A recent Training magazine/Avatar HR Solutions survey assessed the effectiveness of organizations’ onboarding programs and their impact on helping new hires get acclimated to their new role and organization.

By Michael P. Savitt

There’s no disputing that an effective, organized, and engaging onboarding program is a necessity for achieving organizational success. But are today’s organizations doing a good job of rolling out the welcome mat for their new hires? Some 73 percent of responding organizations have an onboarding program in place, but only 51 percent of them feel it is effective, according to Trainingmagazine’s first-ever onboarding survey of more than 1,300 organizations, conducted in partnership last fall with Avatar HR Solutions. The survey aimed to better understand the quality of organizations’ current onboarding programs and uncover best practices to help companies enhance their onboarding effectiveness.

The study’s key findings highlight the importance of establishing and constantly improving a formal onboarding program, helping new workers understand their role within the company, mentoring and coaching new employees, and evaluating the effectiveness of onboarding efforts.

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Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.