6 ways to boost engagement during onboarding

You spent all that time searching for those ideal employees. Are you putting any effort into making their first day memorable?

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Most organizations these days have moved beyond the old we-pay-’em-to-work-so-who-cares-if-they’re-happy attitude.

Few, however, start thinking about employee engagement—and retention—the day a new staffer shows up.

At Radio Flyer, the iconic little red wagon company, engagement starts on day one, says Amy Bastuga, vice president of human resources. This, she adds, is the key to keeping the talent you worked so hard to recruit.

In a Ragan Training talk titled “Ready for takeoff: New ‘Flyer’ orientation lifts engagement at Radio Flyer,” she explains how the century-old Chicago company makes connecting with employees a process that starts before the job interview ends.

Engagement is a part of onboarding.

Statistics show that as many as 70 percent of workers are disengaged. Are you treating engagement with due seriousness when you bring on new hires?

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