Training Industry Quarterly - Winter 2011 - (Page 27)

[STRATEGIES] Onboarding: A Driving Force for Employee Engagement B Y R U T H K U S T O F F T he importance of onboarding new hires to ensure engagement early on is becoming widely recognized. Organizations need to make a good first impression, and an onboarding program helps provide this. As onboarding activities have become more common, there has been a growing recognition that this is a comprehensive approach to build employee engagement, which helps foster organizational alignment more quickly. What is engagement, and why has it become so important? As the economy has slowed, and headcount has been cut, the importance EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT OCCURS IN A CULTURE OF OPEN COMMUNICATION AND RECOGNITION. of every employee’s level of productivity has increased. And, we have come to learn, when employees are fully involved and enthusiastic about their jobs and their organizations, they are more productive. In this way, the recession has had an impact on the increase of onboarding programs. As companies have lessened their workforce, remaining employees are often tasked with additional work to compensate for the loss. According to the Aberdeen Group, 57 percent of 466 survey respondents identified the economy as a factor in the increase of onboarding programs in 2010. These same respondents identified employee engagement and integration into the organization as the most important goal of onboarding. Employee engagement occurs in a culture of open communication and recognition of each individual’s contribution toward the success of the organization. Employees are motivated to work toward the goals of the organization, because doing so provides personal and professional satisfaction, growth and suc27 TrainingIndustry Quarterly, Winter 2011 / A Training Industry, Inc. ezine /

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Quarterly - Winter 2011

Training Industry Quarterly - Winter 2011
Element K
From Where I Sit: Your 2011 Action Plan
Table of Contents
Ad Index
Training Industry Top 20
At the Editor's Desk: Becoming Enablers
Raytheon Professional Services
Performance & Productivity: The Power of Conversations
Learning Technologies: Paving Cow Paths for Dinosaurs?
Technical Training: Talent Management & Technical Training
Partnering for Performance Conference
Learning 2020: Thinking about the Future of Learning
Cornerstone On Demand
Cover Report: Proving Training's Value: Linking Training to Business Outcomes
The Training Associates
Tactics Feature: 7 Solutions for Workforce Training
Harvard Business Publishing
Strategies Feature: Onboarding: A Driving Force for Employee Engagement
Hemsley Fraser
Solutions Feature: Making Informal Learning Real
Training Industry Quarterly
CaseBook: Habitat for Humanity: Training Under Construction
Tracking Trends: The Big Shift
Closing Arguments: Focusing on the Future
Delta College Corporate Services

Training Industry Quarterly - Winter 2011