The employee life cycle is the different stages an employee goes through during their time at an organization. The role HR has during this process is very important.
Each stage throughout the cycle has its challenges, but it’s important for HR to continuously improve their process for each stage to better the success of their employees.
What Are The 5 Stages Of the Employee Life Cycle?
The first stage of the employee life cycle starts before they are even employed by the organization. Growing your business starts with hiring the right people. This is a crucial part in business development, and in order to succeed, your HR team should have a strategic recruiting process in place.
Some things you may want to consider:
- Review your benefits plan and compensation packages. Make sure it’s competitive enough to attract top talent.
- Have the roles and responsibilities for each position documented. It’s a good idea to review these and make sure they are consistently updated. This will help the interviewee have an understanding of what’s expected of them.
- Have an interview process. Decide internally how many rounds of interviews you’ll hold, and if there will be any kind of written assignment, test, or specific questions asked during this time.
Onboarding is an important stage in the life cycle. This is where your new hire will decide how long they will stay with your company. Most employees decide within the first 90 days whether they want to quit their job or not. This is crucial to when an employee becomes a member of the company’s work force through learning her new job duties, establishing relationships with co-workers and supervisors and developing a niche.
Employees want instant gratification these days. They want to know when they are doing a great job and are willing to prove that they can “be the best” at their role. Millennials especially want to be able to climb the ladder of success rather quickly.
Career development strategies are a good way to keep top talent engaged. It’s important to discuss career goals in the initial interviewing process to make sure that the person’s goals are realistic and align with the goals of your company.
Having regular performance reviews can help keep employees aware of how they’re doing and visually see how they are progressing towards their goals.
For many businesses, employee turnover is an increasing issue. Having a high employee turnover can have a severe impact on your company, affecting things such as productivity, employee morale, and company revenue.
Have good insights as to why your employees are leaving and how you can improve the stages of the employee life cycle that are lacking and increase employee happiness.
Maintaining your employee’s happiness is key to building a loyal and productive team. Having regular performance reviews will help encourage a positive workflow for employees. Evaluations and raises are good incentives for employees to continue their career at your company.
However, employees often want to feel appreciated and recognized for smaller accomplishments throughout their lifecycle. A good way to manage your employee’s happiness is with an employee reward system.
At some point the life cycle does come to an end. Employees leave due to retirement, leaving for school, new employment, or for family leave. It’s important that your offboarding process is just as strategic as your onboarding process.
When an employee (at any stage) leaves the company, it can affect other members of the team and it’s HR’s job to make sure the employee who is exiting, leaves in a way that doesn’t disrupt the entire company. Having documented processes and procedures will help with the proper offboarding of an employee.
Managing The Employee Life Cycle
It may seem overwhelming but keeping organized is key. HR managers should seek support from upper management within the company. All of these stages can be handled internally, but it’s important that all levels of managers are aware of these procedures so everyone is in the best position for success.