On-boarding new employees

Half of senior outside hires fail within 18 months (SHRM).  The chances of failure are markedly higher if new hires are not integrated into the organisation from day one.

On-boarding is more than simply inducting or orienting new hires. Also known as organisational socialisation, it is a process of providing new hires a structured programme to gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours required to be effective on-the-job, with the team and in the organisation.  The faster new hires feel welcome and prepared for their jobs, the faster they will be able to successfully contribute to the company’s mission.


A successful on-boarding programme will result in greater job satisfaction, improved performance, and higher levels of commitment, engagement, and retention.

On-boarding programme design

If you do not have an on-boarding programme, we can design one for you. We can also support you if you have an existing programme that needs reviewing.

Our programme design will address:

  • Compliance: knowing the rules and regulations governing the organisation
  • Role clarity: understanding the job and performance expectations
  • Values: ensuring each person understands and is aligned to the organisational values and principles
  • Culture: unpacking the formal and informal norms for the company, department and team
  • Know-how and know-who: providing access to the people, networks and information needed to flourish in the company

Our solutions will vary between three months to two years, depending on the employee level and potential.

Managed on-boarding

We understand that the HR function is often stretched with the demands of the organisation. As your partner, we can support you to manage, evaluate and report on your on-boarding programme.

Our managed on-boarding would include:

  • Written on-boarding plans (organisational and individual)
  • Stakeholder meetings
  • Analysing your track record
  • Measuring the level of adjustment of each employee
  • Coaching and support
  • Performance appraisals
  • Feedback tools

Living and working in the region

The expatriate failure rate can be up to 50%, particularly in developing economies. The cost to companies is significant. Whilst there are many reasons, cultural adjustment is a significant contributor.

We offer a workshop targeting new expatriate professionals helping them to adjust to the region.  Our workshop addresses:

  • Country history and culture
  • Social culture and norms
  • Business etiquette
  • Networking
  • Family concerns e.g. housing, education, safety

We have also designed bespoke workshops for many companies to address these topics.

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