Federal Manager's Daily Report

A negative onboarding experience makes newly hired employees much more likely to leave, according to research by a company that advises employers on how to engage employees.

The Hibob company said that its findings should be of concern due to the development of a “quitting economy” in which 60 percent of millennial generation workers say that they are open to changing employers at any time. While the study did not focus on the federal workplace, the issue is an ongoing one for federal managers, who want to limit how much time and effort they have to spend on the government’s often long and difficult process of filling vacancies.

The survey of newly hired employees found that a common complaint involves the information the employer provided job during the hiring process. More than a quarter said they didn’t receive enough information before accepting the job and only two-fifths said the actual duties match what they were told during pre-employment interviews.

Also, almost two-thirds are less likely to stay after a negative onboarding experience. Among the negative characteristics are feeling “singled out”; they feel most welcome during onboarding when included in a group of other new hires in settings such as introductory meetings.

Half of new hires would prefer to make friends with coworkers on their own rather than have “a designated new-hire buddy” and a third said their biggest dread is “adapting to office politics and personalities.”