Ensuring the success of new hires is a critical aspect of talent management. It involves comprehensive training, setting clear metrics of success, and providing mentorship to guide new employees through their early stages in a company.

Great Onboarding Makes a Big Difference

  1. Structured Onboarding Process: A 30-60-90 day plan is an effective tool to structure the onboarding process, setting clear expectations for an employee’s first three months​​. This structured approach helps in avoiding information overload and ensures that new hires have the knowledge, resources, and skills needed to succeed.
  2. Customized Learning Paths: Tailoring training to fit each individual’s role and responsibilities is crucial. This involves providing relevant resources, eLearning modules, and interactive tools to familiarize new hires with the company’s culture, values, policies, and processes​​.
  3. Skill-Specific Training: Focus on role-specific training that is aligned with the job description. This can include technical skills, company-specific software, and industry practices.

Setting Metrics of Success

  1. SMART Goals: Setting specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART) goals during onboarding can significantly boost retention and performance​​. These goals provide clarity and focus, helping new hires to track their progress and understand expectations.
  2. KPIs and Feedback Mechanisms: Implement Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and regular feedback sessions. This can involve both formal evaluations and informal check-ins to ensure continuous communication about performance standards.

Mentorship: A Pillar of Support and Guidance

  1. Assigning Mentors: Introduce new employees to mentors who can offer guidance, share knowledge, and help them navigate the organizational culture. A mentor acts as a go-to person for questions and advice, supplementing the formal training and management structure​​.
  2. Mentorship Programs: Implement structured mentorship programs like the RISE (Respect, Impact, Succeed, Engage) Mentorship Program, where mentors act as co-pilots to guide new hires through their initial journey in the company​​.
  3. Regular Interaction with Mentors: Facilitate periodic meetings between mentors and mentees. This helps in addressing any challenges early on and ensures that new hires are integrating well into their roles and the company culture.


The success of new hires is not just about the initial training but about a holistic approach that encompasses structured onboarding, clear metrics of success, and a supportive mentorship program. By investing in these areas, companies can significantly enhance employee retention, satisfaction, and productivity, ultimately contributing to the overall success of the organization.

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