It’s a wonder that so many small- to medium-sized businesses think to invest significantly in assets like facilities, motor pool, and computer systems, and yet ignore the substantial ROI that could be realized by improving their employee onboarding, training, and development (T&D) programs. I recently ran across a phenomenal statement on this topic.
In The Talent Powered Organization, authors Peter Cheese, Robert J. Thomas, and Elizabeth Craig state that “First, the key factor in determining the success of any organization is its ability to use human talent; to discover it, develop it, deploy it, motivate and energize it. Human talent, the combined capacity and will of people to achieve an organization’s goals, is a productive resource like no other.”
Employee Onboarding – All’s Well That Starts Well
When it comes to T&D, “All’s well that starts well.” It only makes sense that the sooner we can prepare our recruits for their new responsibilities and incorporate them into our culture, the sooner they will be able to help us achieve those organizational goals. And it all starts with an engaging, effective onboarding process.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, an effective onboarding plan is key in engaging and retaining new talent. SHRM’s own Talent Acquisition Manager, Roy Maurer tells us that “Onboarding helps new hires adjust to the social and performance aspects of their jobs so they can quickly become productive, contributing members of the organization.”
So how’s your onboarding program doing? Would your answer be something like:
- Honestly, I don’t really know
- Fine, I guess
- I wouldn’t know where to start
- Good, but it could be better
If your answer is anything like these, maybe you should give us a call.