19 Mind-Blowing Onboarding Statistics

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

19 Mind-Blowing Onboarding Statistics

If you own a business, you’re likely thinking about employee retention and turnover rates on a regular basis, in addition to the constant gnaws of performance and productivity concerns.

Did you know there is a single process that can help ease your concerns for all of these factors? Onboarding. This HR best-practice has finally begun to receive the recognition it deserves, and employers are hurriedly attempting to get programs in place to receive the benefits. If you’re still on the fence, read on to learn 19 shocking statistics on onboarding:


  • 86% of employees decide whether they will stay with a company long-term in the first six months of employment. [1]
  • 58% of new employees will still be with a company after three years if they completed a structured onboarding program. [1]
  • Organisations with an effective onboarding process increase retention by 82%. [2]


  • 33% of new hires look for a new job within six months of starting a job. [3]
  • 23% of new hires leave within a year. [3]
  • The organisational cost of employee turnover is estimated to be 100% to 300% of the former employee’s salary. [3]
  • Roughly 16% of employees leave between the first week and the third month. [1]
  • 15% of respondents who left within three months said the lack of an onboarding program contributed to their decision to quit. [1]

Performance and Productivity

  • In 2012, companies in the US and UK spent an estimated $35 billion on unproductive employees. [4]
  • It takes eight months for a new employee to reach their full productivity. [3]
  • 60% of companies do not set short-term goals for new employees. [5]
  • 72% of employees find 1-on-1 meetings with their manager the most useful aspect of onboarding. [6]
  • 22% of companies have no formal onboarding program. [3]
  • 48% of employees leave their first job within the first 18 months. [7]
  • Productivity increases by over 70% in companies with a well-structured onboarding program. [2]
  • 66% of companies with an onboarding program have better assimilation rates. [1]
  • 37% of companies do not extend their onboarding program beyond a month. [8]
  • 50% of employees found their company’s onboarding program only somewhat successful or unsuccessful. [3]
  • 83% of the highest performing companies begin onboarding before a new hire’s first day at work. [1]

As demonstrated by these 19 mind-blowing stats, onboarding impacts retention, engagement, satisfaction, productivity and is ultimately a necessary process for your business to succeed.  

Many companies have successfully integrated Qualee’s mobile-first solutions to streamline their onboarding process. With an intuitive app driving employee engagement, Qualee makes it easy for companies to create engaging and effective onboarding experiences. Give Qualee a try by joining our Starter Plan today!

[1] https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/talent-acquisition/pages/onboarding-key-retaining-engaging-talent.aspx

[2] https://b2b-assets.glassdoor.com/the-true-cost-of-a-bad-hire.pdf

[3] https://hbr.org/2015/03/technology-can-save-onboarding-from-itself

[4] https://www.forbes.com/sites/85broads/2013/07/19/how-not-to-lose-your-new-employees-in-their-first-45-days/?sh=5e79dc53be35

[5] https://hbr.org/2018/12/to-retain-new-hires-spend-more-time-onboarding-them?registration=success

[6] https://business.linkedin.com/talent-solutions/blog/onboarding/2017/5-things-new-hires-want-during-onboarding

[7] https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucerogers/2019/01/25/is-onboarding-the-new-hr-secret-for-company-success/?sh=5fda21dc1484

[8] https://www.aberdeen.com/hcm-essentials/perfecting-onboarding-funnel/

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