Onboarding isn’t a luxury. Successful employees go through comprehensive orientation and socialization and it shows in their successful integration into the company. Developing and sustaining a simple and intuitive employee onboarding program is vital to not only the success of your team, but the productivity and longevity of your employees.

With all the other responsibilities that hiring managers and HR Professionals have, it can be easy to ignore onboarding or snag whatever free module came with your HRIS or applicant tracking system. That can be a mistake for you and your employees. Here’s why:

76% of new hires feel socialization is most important.

New employees will have to go through the paperwork portion of the onboarding process. To do that, they need to complete all their new hire onboarding. It’s unavoidable but can be simple and fast. Help them get to the real experience of working on the job, faster.

56% of new employees want a buddy or mentor.

Remember when you were a new hire? Sometimes, it’s a nerve-racking experience. Pairing a tenured coworker with a new hire can make the onboarding program even easier. Even without the extra help, candidates have access to a platform-guided employee onboarding program with Click Boarding so it’s easy for them and convenient for you.

Onboarding programs can increase retention by 25% and improve employee performance by 11%.

Give employees the tools they need from the beginning. If they have what they need to flourish, they’ll be less likely to leave the organization because they feel successful in their roles. The standardized online format simplifies the process with highly configurable and intuitive forms to give leadership the validation of data accuracy and candidates the look and feel of a paper onboarding packet.

Employees who participate in a structured onboarding program are 69% more likely to stay with an organization for 3 years.

It costs a lot of money to replace and retrain employees. Because proper new hire onboarding entices employees to stay longer than the average, that’s cause enough to develop a robust system that fits the company culture. What better way to do that than with the technological media they’ve become accustomed to?

32% of global executives said their onboarding was poor.

Perhaps one of the more startling numbers, those in charge of the company – who were sourced from without the organization – don’t have the tools to successfully lead the organization. Begin your employee onboarding revamp from the top down; if your leaders know how onboarding should run, it will trickle down to the lower ranks of the organization.

It takes 8-12 months for new hires to be as proficient as their tenured colleagues.

This is proof that onboarding simply cannot be done in one day, or even a few days. The first year of a new hire’s tenure within the organization is dedicated to developing their skills proficiency. Allow your employees online access to their onboarding materials so they can refresh their company knowledge as needed.

15% of employees said the lack of an effective onboarding program aided in their decision to quit.

Use your onboarding program as an introduction to the company culture and values. It’s the prime time to connect the new members of the team to the company through making correlations between personal and professional goals. We provide a simple, tech-enabled onboarding solution so your new hires are comfortable in their new organization and so you can avoid compliance issues.

Onboarding is an important rite of passage for all of your new hires, entry level or executive. Pay special attention to the program, as it is the stepping stone to developing engaged, high-performing, and tenured employees. The success of the company’s workforce relies on the depth of the employee onboarding program.

This post originally appeared on the Click Boarding blog.