Growing season is that time of year for getting out the gardening gloves to start prepping the soil for seeding.
As a gardening guru myself, I always find this time of year to be not only crucial for preparation but special because it is my opportunity to spend time creating the perfect growing conditions for my plants to thrive.
Growing season gardening is much like today’s corporate culture of employee new-hire learning and development (L&D). In the training L&D world, new-hire onboarding is our “seasonal soil prep time” where we can foster the perfect growing environment for our new employees to develop strong roots in their new roles.
To create the perfect growing environment for a garden, you must infuse nutrients into the soil, add just the right amount of water and give the area the right amount of sunlight. Similarly in new-hire onboarding, we generate these initial growing conditions to successfully help someone not only develop in a new role, but thrive.
As members of L&D, we have a unique opportunity to influence just this, and some of the key areas I personally focus on are:
These intrinsic areas run parallel with the overall content training that my training department generates, and the combination of the two creates this well-rounded growing environment that allows a new employee to flourish.
The strategy I have found successful to generate these five key areas is to target the experienced frame of mind of our new hires during each pivotal touchpoint during their onboarding and training journey. This experience-centric approach helps focus our overarching vision of what success looks like in each key area. Also, it supports our drive to generate passionate service delivery to new hires, design frictionless processes and technology enabling a seamless user experience, strive for continuous innovations, generate memorable live elements and implement an actionable measurement strategy.
We consistently drive this vision and strategy in the training L&D space to cultivate the culture of nurturing new-hire development.
How do you contribute intrinsic elements to nourish the growing roots of your new employees?
Rachel Thyne is senior SPC commercial learning & development operations specialist for Sanofi. Email Rachel at Rachel.Thyne@sanofi.com.