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How to Keep New Employees from Leaving in their First 90 Days

Posted on: June 1st, 2017 by Alison Elsaesser

Do I stay or do I go? That’s the question employees are asking themselves within their first 90 days.

Sure, there’s a point in every job, when you wonder if this is really the path worth continuing, or is it time to move on. However, as a new hire, it’s natural to think even more about the future and ask yourself:

Where am I going with this company?

Am I happy here?

Can I see myself working here in a year from now?

What about in 5 years?

All of these are questions important to ask yourself and as a manager, it is critical to have a pulse on how new hires feel about their work and what might trigger them to leave. There are tools available to help you create a more positive on-boarding experience so new employees want to stay with you longer.

It’s critical to have a pulse on how employees are feeling about their work and what might trigger them to leave. A person’s experience on the first day of their job sets the tone for the rest of their tenure. You must be intentional about the environment you create.

All too often “work”, day-to-day commitments, and deadlines get in the way of the human aspect of our work. It can be tough to take the time necessary to build productive, meaningful relationships. For most people, personal life and work life aren’t mutually exclusive, but integrated. After all, most of us spend more time at work than we do with significant others, family or friends. Taking the time to ask how things are going and how you can help goes a long way to keeping people engaged and motivated.

Based on 2016 retention research, 22% of employees leave in the first 90 days. Many companies see up to 35% turnover in the first six months. According to, it costs $3K to $18K to replace one quitter. This equates to thousands of dollars in rehire costs not including the negative impact on employee morale and staffing.

You can make a positive impact on new employees by following the best practices listed below for increased employee retention and engagement.




Even if you only implement one of these best practices, you can significantly impact the new hire experience, improve retention, and drive positive change in your organization.

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