How to Save New Hires From the Post-Honeymoon Plateau

Hiring new employees is such a process, whole industries have sprung up around it. The cost in labor, time, and hard cash means businesses want very much to make the investment worthwhile. There's an easy way to blow it, just like there's an easy way to ensure that everyone's happy moving forward.

Entrepreneur Tommy Mello says in an article for Inc. that one of the most important and least understood parts of the hiring process is onboarding, the process by which new hires become part of the team. One survey of HR professionals found they thought companies wasted about $10,000 a year on ineffective onboarding. Among employees, most who quit within the first year do so because of a bad fit with the office culture.

Mello believes a lot of this comes down to managing expectations and communicating clearly, especially when it comes to welcoming new employees into an established workplace. "Your job, as an entrepreneur and a leader, is to make sure your new employees aren't struggling," he writes. "Track their progress, help them if needed, and appreciate and recognize their work."

This means paying attention during those crucial first six months of employment. Take the time to cultivate the office culture of your dreams. If new employees understand why their work is valuable and important to the company at large — and if they're consistently reminded of it by their colleagues in a supportive way — there's a good chance the long slog of hiring will have paid off for everyone involved.