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What Big Data tells us about onboarding

May 2, 2016
Borderless Leadership

An outdated or ineffective onboarding process can impede employee development or contribute to higher levels of turnover.

From finding and identifying new talent to assessing changes made to an existing onboarding process, effective data analysis can play a pivotal role in ensuring new employees are able to better acclimate to their new position and working environment. Most new hires form a long-term impression of a company during their first few days and weeks on the job. The data and insight needed to streamline an onboarding process can optimize employee efficiency and ensure that businesses are better able to retain new staff members over time.

Data Analysis Makes It Easier to Identify New Talent

Finding employees that may be better suited to a specific position or a better fit for a company or business is never a concern that should be left to chance. Hiring the wrong professional often means that considerable amounts of time and effort are wasted on training, orienting and onboarding an employee that may not stay in a position long enough to make a difference. Comprehensive data analysis can benefit the onboarding process by allowing businesses to identify the skills and characteristics that translate into a proven degree of performance.

Accurate Data Creates the Insight Needed to Improving an Existing Processes

Subjecting new hires to an onboarding process that may be lengthy, inefficient or confusing is often counter-productive. Analyzing the effectiveness of an existing process is often the first step when making improvements. Identifying and addressing any aspect of current onboarding processes that detract focus from more crucial concerns or that may leave new employees feeling lost or overwhelmed ensures that updating the entire process can be done as effectively as possible.

From eliminating unnecessary paperwork and documentation from the new hire packet to ensuring all new employees are introduced to their associates and environment in a manner that will minimize confusion, there are many issues that need to be address when streamlining an onboarding process. Possessing greater insight into which aspects of the process work and which may need to be addressed or abandoned can make a world of difference. Analyzing all aspects of an existing process can ensure that current and future improvement efforts are able to do be handled in a more effective and efficient manner.

Data and Information Analysis May Be Used to Assess Changes That Have Been Implemented

Implementing changes to an onboarding process often requires some fine tuning. Taking stock on changes made in the past is a crucial part of the improvement process, one that many businesses commonly overlook. Statistics, information and data that provide a clear and concise picture of changes and improvements allows businesses and organizations to find and address any potential issues that may cause problems in the future. Accurate insight is absolutely essential for assessing any changes that have been implemented in the past as well as identifying and addressing other aspects of onboarding that may require further improvement.

HR Software Solutions

Human resources information systems (HRIS) are a valuable asset for businesses seeking to streamline or improve the onboarding and orientation process. HRIS software offers a simple and effective way to aggregate, collate and access data pertaining to the effectiveness of a hiring process as well as the learning curve and productivity of all new employees. HRIS software, systems and applications can provide business owners and management professionals with the level of insight and understanding they need to find and address potential issues more easily and ensure that more effective decisions are able to be made. From creating a top-down view of onboarding to providing comprehensive overviews detailing specific aspects of the process, HR software and HRIS systems provide the insight required to streamline or fine tune onboarding.

All and all, consider using big data when onboarding new employees to help them become more comfortable with the company and help your business better retain employees.

By Brigg Patten

Source: CTO Vision

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