The first step in helping women thrive in any company is making sure they are set up for success. But 50% of women “Don’t feel guided or supported in how to be successful by managers” according to our survey results. We started the Onboarding Research OP to understand what works and doesn’t in on-boarding to get women started successfully. We have conducted over 50 field interviews with new hires.

Replacement costs for tech companies when women leave their jobs is $16B per year

WITops combined forces with well known universities to gather data on recent graduates. That data together with data on all new hires collected by our collaborating industry colleagues reveals critical themes and intervention points. For example, formal on-boarding including company policy, filling out forms, benefits and even some skill training is well planned. But on-boarding into the team and daily work often is not. But daily work is where the rubber hits the road for success.

Critical factors for fast success:
On-boarding into the team practices – Connecting to a manager – Finding a buddy

With the data we developed the Team Onboarding Checklist and rolled out the first version at GHC18 to great acclaim. Now we have iterated and honed it with managers and new hires across multiple companies. The Onboarding kit and services will be available this March. 

Next Steps: Look for the roll-out of the Team Onboarding Kit and services in March. To build awareness we are spreading the word in talks and workshops. Invite us to share our knowledge with your organization. 

Volunteer Opportunity:  How is your organization doing? Get the checklist and compare it to your practice. What can you improve. Try making changes and let us know how you are doing. Volunteer now

Collaborating Colleagues: Thanks to Carol Farnsworth for her work in this area and Bill Kules for helping with the new graduate interviews. Thank you to the managers and companies who tried the checklist and provided feedback. 

 Donate: This work is supported by a core team of researchers and project leaders. Please help us cover our core costs by donating to the general fund.