- Recent research by BambooHR, a software company, found that 31% of people have quit a job within the first six months - a fact that does not bode well for for many employers’ onboarding efforts, according to HRMorning.com.
- To find out exactly what’s going wrong in the onboarding process, BambooHR surveyed 1,005 U.S. employees over the age of 24 to find out what has made them quit jobs in the past and what could be done to improve employers’ onboarding programs, reports HRMorning.
- Among the top five reasons U.S. workers gave for leaving new jobs shortly after being hired: changing their minds on the job/work type, the work was different than they expected, or their boss "was a jerk," the survey reported.
The BambooHR survey results send a strong message to employers, mainly about the onboarding process. Some issues can't be avoided (the job candidate decided the job or career wasn't for them), but other things can be corrected.
For example, the top four things early quitters would like to see is more on-the-job training, a review of company policies, a tour of the company, their equipment already set up and ready to go, and a buddy or a mentor.
The survey also reveals the five things workers want employers to do differently to help them stay (friendlier environment, more training), the types of positions workers are abandoning early (entry and intermediate positions), and what HR pros believe ineffective onboarding is costing their companies (45% of HR executives polled say about $10,000).