Are onboarding processes driving away higher education’s employees?

To achieve their institutional mission, colleges and universities must attract and retain talented employees, but ineffective onboarding processes often hinder that effort.

“A lot of institutions struggle with early retention and engagement,” said Andrea Brown, director of HR services at the University of Utah. “New employees often don’t get enough guidance.”

See the infographic below to learn how new hire onboarding can make or break your retention efforts.

What’s at stake during new hire onboarding

New hires are often dissatisfied with their onboarding experience

40% of employees believe time and money are wasted on ineffective onboarding


Which can cause them to seek employment elsewhere
Why employees quit:

Poor on-the-job training 38%
No overview of company policies 24%
No mentorship 21%
Other 17%

And higher education institutions can’t afford to needlessly lose talented faculty and staff


Young professionals under the age of 35 who join higher education institutions stay in their jobs for an average of only 20 months


Total applicant volume across all higher
education job postings decreased by 6 percent from 2014 to 2015

Recruiting costs

Recruiting a new engineering or science professor costs between $110,000 to nearly $1.5 million

Fortunately, when done correctly, onboarding can actually improve retention

Stay up to 3 years

Employees who attend a well-structured onboarding program are 69% more likely to remain with that employer for up to 3 years.

And the right tools can help

Onboard — the automated onboarding solution from PeopleAdmin — leads to a 25% reduction in time to onboard, giving colleges and universities the opportunity to focus on providing a positive new hire experience that encourages engagement and retention.

“We replaced our paper-based new hire process with Onboard, where everything’s 100% electronic. Our new hires love it. They keep telling us: ‘Wow! That was so easy!’

Nancy Crowell, assistant HR director for employment, Appalachian State University

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