A key way to keep home health employees engaged once they’re hired is following a strong new employee onboarding program. Our research shows that new hires are 69 percent more likely to stay with their employer for longer than three months when they go through a formal onboarding process.

The Difference between Orientation and Onboarding

Onboarding is an ongoing process while orientation often introduces a new hire to the brand over the course of a day or two.
Home care agencies with a structured onboarding program have a significant advantage over others that don’t have a formal process in place to get employees up to speed as soon as possible. When you have a concrete process, you’re telling new caregivers you’re truly invested in their success. As a result, they’ll be excited about the role and the workplace, meaning it will likely take them less time to have a positive impact on your agency.

How Can You Streamline Your Onboarding Process?

When you have a well-oiled hiring process, you put yourself in strong position to get new hires onboarded and contributing to the business quickly. Onboarding should begin as soon as the caregiver accepts your offer of employment. With the right process and systems in place, it can be a simple, smooth transition. Here are some steps you can take to streamline the onboarding process:

Onboarding sets the tone for each new hire joining your home care agency. When you clearly demonstrate your excitement and interest in helping them become part of the team, they will respond with the same level enthusiasm, creating loyalty and boosting retention.