Did you know that only about 4% of new hires decide that they want to stay with your organization after the first day? 4%! On-boarding is often viewed as just another HR process that has to be completed where we throw policies and information at our new hires. Orientation requires coffee as we trudge through all of the necessary information. Wow…what a first day at work.

On-boarding happens on the first day of a new hire’s tenure, and that first day is one that will not be forgotten, but, the question is, do they WANT to remember it? Surveys show that most employees describe on-boarding as a “mind-numbing experience”; nothing says “Welcome to the Team” like having your mind numbed. By creating a more “wow”-ful (created a new word) on-boarding experience, you can positively impact your overall talent management strategy by:

Here are some ideas to spice up your on-boarding process:

  1. Give welcome gifts / packs
  2. Highlight new hires in a unique way (that’s not too embarrassing)
  3. Assign them to a trainer that they will be working with consistently
  4. Take them, and their family, to lunch or dinner
  5. Have your new hires do something fun together (scavenger hunt, game, outing)
  6. Minimize the boring!

Let me note, legal compliance is a MUST, so ensure all local, state, and federal guidelines are met. Just don’t make that the entire experience.


Josh Cole
Joshua Cole founded I.S.I. Leadership Consulting, LLC in 2014 after 10 years of experience at Chick-fil-A. In 2016, Joshua joined the Trevero team allowing him to better focus on helping people become better leaders. Driven by a desire to cultivate people to achieve their greatest potential, he has worked in a coaching and consulting role with over 100 Chick-fil-A Operators and leaders. He is a CORE Assessment consultant and uses that knowledge to focus organizational culture on people and service, conduct one-on-one coaching sessions, assist in the creation of talent management strategies and produce team development training classes.

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