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Is your Company’s Socialization Strategy Inducing the “Hangover Effect?”

What is the hangover effect?

It is a phenomenon that new employees often experience: for most personnel, starting a new job is a positive occurrence as they become adjusted in their roles their job satisfaction declines. As the employee becomes more comfortable in their new role and begins to ‘learn the ropes’ their job becomes normalized and often mundane. This leads to the employee finding less joy in employment rewards and ultimately driving their departure, resulting in a higher turnover rate for your company.
In June 2017, a study was done by the Journal of Vocational Behavior collating the extent of job satisfaction with socialization tactics. The article describes these socialization tactics by, “comprise three prime dimensions: (1) content (explicit timetable and sequence of learning activities and experiences); (2) social (available role models and identity-affirming feedback); and (3) context (learning collectively and formally).” Their suggestion to counter this hangover effect is to provide, formal training in a group setting also may “promote a sense of community and shared values as well as perceptions of it.” Here’s what we suggest: what can stop your company from having a high turnover?
1) Educate new employees on the hangover effect: New employees should be aware of this effect to decrease the chance of it affecting them.
2) Open communication: It is important for employees to feel comfortable in coming forward to their superiors to talk about job dissatisfaction. Encourage an open and honest work place by asking questions and observing employee’s behavior. Listen, address, and change what needs to be altered.
3) Change it up: A monotonous job can become boring and in turn be the reason for an employee leaving. By changing their role slightly (assign different tasks and broaden their scope of work) it will allow them to feel more involved in the company and that their work is meaningful.
4) Job Socialization: Keep the office personalized, celebrate birthdays and holidays. This will allow coworkers to become friends and enjoy their corporate culture.

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