Quiet quitting has become a buzzword that’s taken the Internet by storm, with the term making headlines and going viral on TikTok and Twitter. Quiet quitting refers to employees doing the minimum requirements of their job to get by. They don’t leave the job, but instead reduce the amount of work they do.

According to an analysis from LinkedIn, “the short tenure rate, or STR, which measures the fraction of positions that end after being held for less than a year, has increased across industries over the past couple of years.” Workers are leaving roles more quickly than in previous years, and organizations continue to struggle with employee retention in such a competitive environment. This phenomenon, known as “quiet quitting,” is just the latest development in an ongoing saga of employee retention challenges that companies have faced since the rise of The Great Resignation (also referred to as The Great Reshuffle).

Employees quiet quit when they feel a lack of motivation and purpose in what they do. In today’s business world, employers are increasingly becoming aware of how much meaning and purpose affects their people’s performance. According to a BetterUp report, nine out of 10 people are willing to make less money to do more meaningful work.

More businesses are realizing that onboarding is the key to employee engagement. When new hires feel like they have a great onboarding experience that prioritizes their learning and creates a sense of belonging, they’re more likely to engage with the company long term. Onboarding is the link between happy employees and employees doing enough to get by. Let’s take a look at how effective onboarding can put an end to quiet quitting in your organization.

Onboarding: One Chance to Make a Great First Impression

Onboarding is the first glimpse a new hire gets of the company. An effective onboarding experience can give companies the opportunity to make a lasting first impression with their new hires. This first impression has such a tremendous impact on engagement and how well their new hires perform, especially in their first year.

However, only 12% of employees strongly agree that their company does a great job at onboarding new employees, leaving the vast majority with subpar onboarding experiences. Poor onboarding can leave a bad taste in hew hires mouths, making it more likely for them to become demotivated in their roles. It’s evident that in order to engage their people, companies need to start by giving their new hires a memorable and personalized onboarding experience.

Continuous Learning: In-demand but Not Always Present

It’s no surprise that workers are looking for more meaning in what they do. To prevent new hires from quiet quitting, employers must offer learning opportunities during onboarding to help their people find purpose in their contributions to the organization’s success.

Yet many organizations don’t offer their people sufficient training and learning opportunities, often failing to successfully engage new and seasoned employees. In a study, only 41% of employees say their employers train workers in preparation for the future, and only one-half of small businesses have a structured onboarding process. Without engaging learning opportunities, new employees can lose motivation in their work, leading to burnout and quiet quitting.

Onboarding Videos for a Remote and Hybrid Workforce

One particularly effective approach to onboarding, especially when it comes to engaging a remote or hybrid workforce, is to use professional, expertly crafted onboarding videos as a part of a comprehensive and strategic plan. These informative videos can be accessed by employees at any time, no matter where in the world they may be, providing convenience and flexibility while also delivering a detailed and interactive onboarding experience that encourages and inspires new hires to stay with the organization long term.

Using videos during onboarding can be very helpful for new hires. When asked how companies could improve onboarding, a majority of people said they feel more video should be used. Videos can help businesses convey clear, consistent and crafted messages to new hires in an engaging and effective way. Information about roles, responsibilities, expectations, organizational hierarchy and structure and corporate culture can all be delivered through engaging, bite-sized videos.

Offer Opportunities for Continuous Learning

It’s apparent that workers are seeking opportunities to learn and grow. In order to prevent quiet quitting, employers need to demonstrate a learning culture to new hires through a streamlined onboarding experience. While some form of informal learning is present in most workplaces, these tend to fall short of modern expectations, especially in today’s competitive business environment.

Structured and formal learning and development (L&D) opportunities should be communicated to new hires as soon as they start. New hires will be more likely to stick around if they see a long-term future at the company that involves expanding their skill set and moving up internally.

Overall, organizations that truly want to avoid quiet quitting in their organization must invest more into onboarding and continuous learning opportunities. By focusing on these two key aspects of the employee experience, businesses can see better employee engagement and satisfaction.