The Ultimate Guide to Engaging Your Employees in Onboarding and Training

You’ve seen all the signs.

In many industries, companies are competing for qualified candidates because there aren’t enough of them to go around.

The skills your employees need to stay ahead of the game may shift more quickly than ever before — what was cutting edge four years ago may be inadequate today.

The youngest segment of the workforce — Millennials and their younger siblings, Gen Z — list career development as one of their top priorities. In two recent surveys, 87% of Millennials said that professional development was very important to them and Gen Z employees cited development opportunities as the most important factor in their job searches, alongside pay.

The evidence is in: learning and development is more important than ever before. In an extensive study of more than 2,500 companies, The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) found that companies that offer comprehensive training have a 24% higher profit margin than those who don’t.

But not just any training will do.

With a war for talent raging, if you don’t keep your employees engaged, they will defect to other organizations. Disengaged employees are dragging down the workforce, costing billions in turnover, slowing productivity, and impacting morale. A big cause of employee disengagement? You guessed it: 46% of employees cite a lack of new learning opportunities and professional growth as a reason for their disengagement.

Here’s how to engage your employees in your onboarding and training.