Implementing Behaviour-based Onboarding for New hires

Behaviour-based Onboarding for New hires

Employee Onboarding is an opportunity to make a great first impression on your new employees. It is also a chance to set the tone for their employment experience and to help them feel comfortable and welcomed within your company. Additionally, onboarding can help new employees learn about your company’s culture, values, and expectations. In 2019, a research report by Gallup found that only 12% of employees agreed their organization does a great job of onboarding new employees. Hence, the room for improvement in this area is huge. Using behaviour-based onboarding for new hires organisation can add unique and impactful angle to their onboarding process.

When the onboarding programme is aligned to the behavioural needs of the organization, it enables the new talent to effectively transition to the workplace. A study by Ugoani, JNN, titled ‘Organisational behaviour and its Effect on Corporate Effectiveness’ (June 2020), found that Organisational behaviour (Behaviour of groups and individuals in organisations) showed positive correlation with corporate effectiveness.

In order, for organisations to be effective, maintaining and reinforcing behavioural standards is vital. Hence, behaviour-based onboarding is crucial for new hire effectiveness. Yet, the behavioural element is often neglected in onboarding new hires.

Behaviour-based onboarding is a process that uses an organisation’s existing data to identify the behaviours that are most predictive of success in that organisation. This information is then used to create an onboarding programme for the new hires.

By understanding the behaviours that are most important to success in an organisation, behaviour-based onboarding can help new employees to hit the ground running and make a positive impact.

To implement behaviour-based onboarding, you will need to:

  • Identify the behaviours that you would like to target.
  • Once you have identified the behaviours, you will need to create a plan for how you will reinforce these behaviours.
  • Using strategies such as gamificaton, instructor-led workshops or Outbound Training to reinforce behaviours

In the case of Outbound training, the behaviours are reinforced through activity experience and guided reflection. New hires are allowed to experience the behaviours in a safe and engaging environment. In addition, to reinforcing behaviours, social connections are built as well. This in turn aids the learning process.

Whether you are just starting to onboard your employees or you are looking for ways to improve your current onboarding process, behaviour-based onboarding can help give you the results you want. At Breakthrough, we deliver behaviour-based onboarding solutions for new hires through experiential Outbound Training.

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