“Efficiency”, Harvard Business Review write, “is no longer the secret to superior performance”. Instead it is “critical for business leaders to adopt a productivity mindset”, to “reignite top-line growth”.
And there’s the crux.
For three decades the efficiency mindset worked fabulously – but now, a new mentality is needed to fuel growth.
It won’t come as any surprise to HR to see productivity taking center-stage.
After all, HR have long evangelized this golden goose of metrics.
We’ve understood for years that a more productive workforce means a more successful business; that improved productivity accelerates business growth and increases organizational revenue.
Indeed, the most productive businesses can in fact expect 30% to 50% higher operating margins than their peers, Harvard Business Review suggest.
What might be more surprising is how early the fight to boost productivity begins. As the whitepaper puts it:
“Driving sustainable productivity actually starts before an employee’s first day on the job. Successful organizations know the secret to consistent productivity lies in shifting the employee productivity curve, not at the middle of the employee lifecycle, but at the very beginning of - and throughout - the entire lifecycle”.
We’re talking about moving your productivity improvement strategies forward. Proactively laying a foundation for better productivity from the moment you sign new hires, rather than reacting once performance dips.
Which brings us to employee onboarding.
Probably not the first thing you think about, when you’re focused on productivity gains – but it should be.
Strategic employee onboarding is vital to the productivity equation, because it works from three angles.
Like a one-two punch followed by a killer roundhouse kick.
* The link between productivity and organizational performance is especially clear if you look at consulting, where consultant performance directly correlates to organizational revenue. New consultants that aren’t yet productive aren’t spending billable time with clients; if you shorten time-to-productivity, consultants work with clients sooner, bill their time sooner and make the organization money sooner.
There’s your why.
Now let’s look at how you build an employee onboarding program that genuinely kicks a$$.
There’s a wonderful thing about employee onboarding. You get all these incredible, proven benefits (productivity aside,
*And hey, here’s your plug, minimum hassle for maximum returns is one big reason businesses like
Build your onboarding program using these best-practice onboarding principles:
The future of business demands business leaders obsess over productivity, , to cultivate the productivity mindset needed to drive profit and fuel growth.
Employee onboarding is a simple, proven strategy to do just that – helping new hires become productive faster, allowing established employees to spend less time hand-holding new hires and, most importantly, building a culture that empowers and inspires your people towards greater productivity all career long.