From Hire to Retire: Creating a Successful Employee Journey

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Crafting a successful employee journey is crucial for attracting and retaining top talent. The employee journey roadmap helps in creating solid experiences that reflect the company’s goals, values, culture, and overall operations. To attract and hire the right talent for longevity, a few key elements are essential to the plan.Predictive-People-Analytics-2

Attracting and Hiring the Right Talent

Attracting and hiring the right talent isn’t as easy as it seems. There must be a conscious effort to cast a wide enough or specific enough net to draw curiosity from the right pool of candidates. This means creating compelling job descriptions that clearly outline what your team is looking for, the credentials they must have, and details about the company and its culture. Many companies now include salary ranges in their descriptions to ensure candidates know what the role entails and how much it pays. Utilizing diverse recruitment channels and high levels of transparency helps implement a thorough vetting and interview process that may include pre-employment assessments. Being intentional in finding the best fit is key.

Onboarding: A Strong Start

Recent statistics show 93% of new hires decide to stay or leave based on the onboarding process. That means onboarding is crucial to keeping good talent. A comprehensive program includes a detailed orientation that starts before they even enter the building on the first day. New employees should already know key team members, have a buddy to support them as they transition, and have a memorable first day, including their ID badge ready, workstation set up with all their passcodes, a paid lunch with their co-workers, and a company-wide email introducing them to the entire company.

Continuous Learning and Development

We live in a society where roles are continuously shifting and adapting on a global level. Employees must feel as if the company wants to see them progress. Having a career plan from the beginning of their career that assesses their skill gaps and offers various learning opportunities makes a difference. This helps in expanding current skill sets, increasing their knowledge, and raising performance levels. This is a strategic initiative that helps the company and the employee, helping them acquire new skills that can be transferred to another role or make them better in their current roles. By encouraging a culture of continuous learning, employees become committed to the overall goal of the organization while envisioning a promising future of growth and development.

Performance Management and Feedback

Once expectations are set and communicated, having regular feedback and check-ins, establishing a robust performance management system, and providing recognition of high performers, ensure no one is left behind. An open-door policy where employees are comfortable asking questions or speaking up is important to the culture and demonstrates that everyone helps make a difference. Companies that take an active role in seeing employees reach their potential have low turnover and workers that are invested in the company’s success.TPC-Vision-A-clear-focus-on-HR-managed-solutions

Employee Well-being and Work-Life Balance

While employees work for the company, they also have personal lives that deserve attention. The landscape of the way companies work continues to evolve, so adapting to employee needs from a high level is a must. It’s no secret that work-life balance is essential. Companies that fail to recognize this usually have lapses in productivity, employees suffering from burnout, stress, and more. When company culture puts employees and their well-being first, absenteeism is low, productivity is high, and employees are happy.

Companies offering great benefits packages, support mental health initiatives, wellness programs, wellness programs, flexible arrangements, and other policies promoting a healthy work-life balance recognize these incentives can make the difference between a great employee leaving or deciding to stay.

Career Progression and Succession Planning

A career development framework should be part of the new hire onboarding process from day one. This framework is important, as it outlines what the employee is good at, what they like to do, where they want to go, and how they can get there within the organization. This is a key opportunity for HR to develop a customized plan that provides growth opportunities, cross-training, and more. This should also align with the company’s overall succession planning strategy, recognizing valued employees that can be trained for future roles to fill organizational needs.

Retirement Planning and Transition

One of the best ways to reward and support employees for their commitment and dedication to the company is through effective retirement planning and financial counseling. This includes creating an entire retirement transition program that operates in phases. This gives the company time to identify key employees that can move into the role, opportunities for cross-training, and more.

Subscribe-to-the-TPC-blogEmployees in the retirement transition program will have time to weigh their options, work with financial planners to set up a beneficial retirement plan and strategize on the next steps after retirement. This directly ties into the succession planning strategy, ensuring the company and employees are on the same page, working together to keep things running smoothly.

By prioritizing these elements, organizations can create a thriving work environment and a positive company culture based on sound practices that are directly tied to the employee journey roadmap. This fosters long-term success for their employees and the company.

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