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8 Onboarding Stats You Should Know for 2023

1. 88% of organizations don’t onboard well

Gallup found that only 12% of employees strongly agree their organization does a great job of onboarding new employees. That means 88% don’t believe their organizations do a great job of onboarding, and that leaves a lot of room for improvement!

Given that a strong onboarding process can result in higher retention and productivity, there’s a huge opportunity for most organizations to do more on that front. Only about one in 10 employees think their employer does a great job of onboarding new employees—so use employee surveys to find out what you could be doing better!

2. Great employee onboarding can improve employee retention by 82%

Research by Brandon Hall Group found that organizations with a strong onboarding process improve new hire retention by 82 percent and productivity by over 70 percent.

Talent scarcity and high turnover are among the biggest challenges organizations will face in 2022—so it’s important to engage and retain employees from day 1. A strong employee onboarding process can help you accomplish that, while also helping new hires ramp faster, so they can be productive sooner.

3. 58% of organizations say their onboarding program is focused on processes and paperwork

It’s no surprise that only 12 percent of employees think their organization does a great job onboarding, when HCI found that more than half of organizations focus their employee onboarding on processes and paperwork. Furthermore, one-third said their onboarding program was informal, inconsistent, or reactive. The best employee onboarding programs structured and strategic, rather than administrative, with focus on people, not paperwork.

4. 1 in 5 new hires are unlikely to recommend an employer

Digitate reports that one in five new hires are unlikely to recommend an employer to a friend of family member after their new hire onboarding experience.

Employee referrals are one of the most coveted sources of hire because they’re faster and less expensive to hire, onboard faster, and stay longer. Many organizations will host sourcing jams with their new hires to dig into their social networks and see which of their connections might be a good fit for current or future roles. That’s why it’s a shame that 20 percent of new hires are unlikely to recommend an employer to a friend or family member.

However, a new team member’s willingness to refer increases 93 percent when they get multiple options to communicate goals, meet team members, and get questions answered prior to their start date. When they complete employee pre-boarding online prior to their start date, their willingness to refer increases 83 percent. And when they get a call from the hiring manager prior to their first day, their willingness to refer also increases 83 percent.

5. The average new hire onboarding experience consists of 54 activities

Sapling reports that new hires will have over 50 activities that need to be completed during their onboarding period.

The average new hire will be assigned 3 documents to sign, upload, or acknowledge, and 41 administrative tasks to complete, such as desk set-up. They will also have 10 outcomes, which are achieved learning goals around the company culture, market knowledge, and role alignment. This variety of activities ensure the new hire is fully acclimated and integrated into their new role.

6. New team member productivity hovers around 25% during the first 30 days

A week-long onboarding program is a common practice at many organizations, but a week is hardly enough time for a new hire to become acclimated to their company, culture, and role. In fact, only 29 percent of new hires say they feel fully prepared and supported to excel in their role after their onboarding experience.

Data suggests that new hires have a 25 percent productivity rate in their first month on the job after completing new employee training. That number then increases to 50 percent in their second month of work and 75 percent in their third month on the job. In fact, Gallup finds that new team members typically take around 12 months to reach peak performance potential.

The best employee onboarding programs extend throughout the employee’s first 90 days—and may even extend out for a full year—to ensure new hires are fully supported as they ramp to full productivity.

7. Addressing development during onboarding increases satisfaction by 3.5x

Career development continues to be the leading reason people leave their jobs. Let your new team members know how important learning and development is at your organization by starting during your employee onboarding process. Employees who strongly agree they have a clear plan for their professional development are 3.5 times more likely to strongly agree that their onboarding process was exceptional.

But don’t stop there. Make sure you’re having career development conversations and encouraging employees to pursue internal opportunities once team members have reached their first and second work anniversaries. This practice more than doubles the likelihood that team members will feel fulfilled instead of leaving to pursue other opportunities. And, when you promote your team members, get them started on the right foot with a cross-boarding program that helps them acclimate to their new roles and teams.

8. Soliciting new hire feedback improves your relationship by 91%

Only 26 percent of new employees recall being asked for feedback on their candidate journey and the hiring process before their start date. But when employers ask for feedback, new hires are 91 percent more willing to increase their relationship out of the gate. This is crucial for reducing 90-day turnover and bolstering long-term retention.

New team members who were asked to provide feedback prior to their start date also had a 79 percent increase in willingness to refer others.

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