HR Committee Discusses Onboarding and its Role in Retention
From left: Nikolaj Lubanski, Copenhagen Capacity; Jakob Lundvig Færch, Pentia; Linda Vestergaard, Roche; Marie Vorre Skydsgaard, University of Aarhus; Henrik Elsig Andersen, Heidrick & Struggles; Therese Oliver, AmCham
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On November 6, members of AmCham’s HR Committee gathered at Copenhagen Capacity for a best practice panel discussion about onboarding and retention.

In today’s competitive talent market, companies spend an enormous amount of time and resources to attract and enable new talent. But what is the key to ensuring that they stay on board?

Henrik Elsig Andersen, Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, and an onboarding expert, set the scene for the panel by sharing the results of an Aberdeen study on companies and onboarding. A majority of companies spend a great deal of time and effort on finding the right talent, however only 1/3 of companies had onboarding practices, most of which lasted for about one month. 

HR Directors from several organizations shared their onboarding practice and results with participants, including:

  • Linda Vestergaard, HR Director, Roche 
  • Jakob Lundvig Færch, HR Manager, Pentia 
  • Marie Vorre Skydsgaard, Expat Partner Advisor, University of Aarhus 

All of the panelist's organizations had structured onboarding practices, and while each had differing approaches for their varying needs, all agreed about the importance of a personal touch to make the new hire feel welcome, including introducing them to the company culture, and assigning a mentor or contact persons that are available consistently for direct contact. All agreed that having a structured onboarding process was key to their positive retention numbers.

However, as was noted, there is no silver bullet, and there may be a combination of reasons that a talent will stay on board.

  • To download Henrik's presentation, click here.
  • To download Linda's presentation, click here.
  • To download Marie's presentation, click here.
  • To download Jakob's presentation, click here.

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