Improving Onboarding and Retention

The challenge of onboarding and retaining new employees

There are currently record numbers of job vacancies, and low numbers of candidates in many sectors. As a result, recruitment remains a significant challenge for many businesses. Engaging, and retaining new employees is therefore crucial for growing businesses.

The total costs of onboarding can vary greatly, and includes the cost of; recruitment, training, equipment, and financial packages. This means that it can often add up to more than twice the annual salary of the employee. Improving the onboarding process can increase staff retention by over 80% and help mitigate any risk.

Engaging employees and onboarding them well, can improve retention, and also help new employees get up to speed faster, improving productivity, and reducing costs to businesses further. Not doing so however, will not only increase attrition rates, but it could also affect reputations, and a businesses ability to recruit in the future.

Assimilation / Integration

Integrating new starters into your team effectively will improve retention, but it will also reduce the time it takes for team members to understand each other, and learn how to work well together. This is currently estimated to be between 5-8 months depending on the role.

How can we help you integrate your new employees (and improve retention)?

Tailoring your onboarding to the individual can have a dramatic impact on the speed of integration, the engagement of your new employee, and the resulting length of service (retention). As a way of helping employers do this, The Burford Recruitment Company are offering additional services to clients following a successful placement. DiSC assessments can be carried out on hiring managers, new employees, and wider team members to improve work productivity, teamwork, leadership, sales, and communication. DiSC will allow you to:

DISC - Improving Onboarding and retention

  • Identify the communications styles of team members (Dominant, Influence, Conscientiousness, Steadiness)
  • Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of employees and team members
  • Increase leadership influence
  • Develop strategies to inspire team interactions
  • Adapt styles to get along better with new employees (and others)
  • Increase awareness around how managers;
    • Respond to conflict
    • Maintain motivation
    • Respond to stress
    • Approach problem-solving
    • Make decisions

If you would like to talk to our qualified DiSC assessor about how DiSC might be able to help your business, please contact or call 01993 225055.

To learn more about our perm recruitment offering visit our client support page.