Want Better Success for Your Small Business? Try Structured Employee Onboarding

Written by: PeopleKeep Team
Originally published on January 12, 2015. Last updated February 5, 2018.

For some small businesses, employee onboarding is all over the place. Usually, this is simply because there isn’t enough time to sit down and structure it. As a result, new employees may feel confused and may not be getting the correct tools to be an outstanding employee. A simple solution? If you want better success in your small business, a structured employee onboarding is the place to start.Try Structured Employee Onboarding

What is Structured Employee Onboarding, and Why is it So Important?

Structured employee onboarding programs are simply a formalized way employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to be effective at their jobs.

Without structured onboarding, employees take longer to understand how your company works and how to do their job.

Think of it this way - imagine you’re a new employee. You’re super excited because you just got hired at a small marketing company. You go in your first day and your new boss sits you down at a computer and quickly shows you the programs they use. You get a quick tour of the office, meet a few people, and then you’re given a large project to complete - and it’s due at the end of the day.

You panic. After all, you just started and know little-to-nothing about the company or the processes. Talk about anxiety. Now, apply this example to your small business. Imagine how a new employee would feel if this was how your small business handled employee onboarding.

What Makes a Good Employee Onboarding Program?

A good employee onboarding program ensures that new hires feel welcome and prepared. As such, there are key components you can implement for a more effective employee onboarding program. To implement an effective, structured employee onboarding program:

  • Engage employees from day one to reach proficiency faster

  • Have some fun

  • Build a leader-employee relationship

  • Make it a game

  • Have the employee's workstation set up

Read more ideas: Reducing Employee Turnover - Small Business On-Boarding Tips

Better Success for Your Small Business

If your small business is having trouble getting new employees up to speed, or new employees are quitting before 90 days, take a step back and look at your employee onboarding program. Is it structured and consistent? Does it need a tune-up? The truth is, your business will have better success when you establish a structured onboarding program.

It may feel hard to invest the time now, but the time you spend to make structured onboarding effective will pay off in the long run. In other words, employees who feel they are well trained are more likely to stay with your small business for the long-haul. In fact, new employees who go through a structured onboarding program are 58% more likely to be with the organization after three years.

And remember, the longer employees stay with your company, the less hiring you will have to do - saving you valuable time and money you can put into making your small business a success.


Structured employee onboarding is a big deal - it’s the difference between successful, productive employees who will stay with your company and employees who come and go quickly because they don’t feel fully trained. Make structured employee onboarding a focus for your small business, have fun with it, and you’ll see the results.

Does your small business currently have a structured employee onboarding program? If so, how has it made a difference in the success of your company and employees? Comment below and let us know!

Originally published on January 12, 2015. Last updated February 5, 2018.


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