A simple tool to reduce new hire turnover

new hire turnover
Photo by Rowan Heuvel on Unsplash

New hires are a risky group

New hires are a risky group, especially in these days when many people have to work remote. The daughter of a friend quit her first job last week, after six months. Her boss and other people in the organisation were surprised. Some of the comments she got: You just started. You were doing so well. The first six months are always a bit boring.

I talked to her, and she told me that during these six months hardly anybody, and certainly not her boss, had asked her: “How are you doing?”, or “How as your day?”. She had started in the new job with much excitement and with high expectations. But unfortunately it had turned out to be a bit different. The start was slow, and as she had to work out of home most days, it was difficult to get to know new people, and learn better what was expected of her. Part of the work was very boring, and certainly below her level.

She tried to address it. A bit hesitantly, as she didn’t want to some across as a spoiled Gen-Z girl. The reactions she got were mainly: this is part of the game, we have all been there, and it will become better later. When a recruiter she knew phoned her with another opportunity, she decided to take follow up on this, and. she got the job.

A simple tool to reduce new hire turnover

Had the organisation used a simple tool, they might have avoided this new hire turnover. Just ask your new people to send you the answer to the following question at the end of every working day: “How was your day?”.  Do this for one, three, six or even twelve months. Not anonymous.

Below you find a graph with the outcomes of a fictional employee during the first 25 working days of employment. If you are able to compare the outcomes to other new employees, the information becomes more valuable.

If you would sit down with this new employee after one month, or maybe already after Day 9, you have something to discuss. Why was Day 1 only a 6? Why was the rating for Days 9, 16 and 23 so low? Why was Day 19 a highlight?

Just ask some questions, and don’t wait too long. Show that you really care.

new hire turnover

Have a look at "Talking HR Trends with Natal & Tom"

This website uses cookies to give you the best possible user experience.
Agree to this by clicking accept.

Cookie settings

Below you can choose which kind of cookies you allow on this website. Click on the "Save cookie settings" button to apply your choice.

FunctionalOur website uses functional cookies. These cookies are necessary to let our website work.

AnalyticalOur website uses analytical cookies to make it possible to analyze our website and optimize for the purpose of a.o. the usability.

Social mediaOur website places social media cookies to show you 3rd party content like YouTube and FaceBook. These cookies may track your personal data.

AdvertisingOur website places advertising cookies to show you 3rd party advertisements based on your interests. These cookies may track your personal data.

OtherOur website places 3rd party cookies from other 3rd party services which aren't Analytical, Social media or Advertising.