Are you still training freshers post-hiring?
Every year lakhs of freshly minted talent enter into the workforce with dreams and aspirations of making a long-lasting career. Companies rush to colleges in search of the best to bring them on board so that they can put the zeal and enthusiasm to good use. One of the most important things that companies have to work on each year is how to put the zeal and the enthusiasm to the right use.
Companies invest every year's time and money on training, on boarding freshers before they get to the work. In this process, companies lose a big amount of time and resources to bring people to pace. The practice has been there for so many decades that it now feels the part of the process. Companies have invested heavily in capacity building from hiring the set of people to building campuses where these training could be delivered.
As COVID 19 entered we were all caught off guard and had to shed some of these capacities that we have built over years. As the world revives and we usher towards normalization, it is the right time to question if we should rebuild the older methodologies or should we embrace the new techniques of the market.
Here is a couple of reason why you should not go back training freshers for the jobs:
- Online skilling is here: Covid 19 has taught us that the online barriers are in our minds not in our workplace. From interviews to onboarding to the most important work has happened on zoom. This is a testament that skilling and training can happen online too. The new batch graduating from college has completed their university programs online and has worked vigorously even in the online sessions. If you decide to deliver programs online today, potential joiners will be more open than before and their enthusiasm and zeal would maintain their attentiveness in the program.
- Blended programs are the future: Over the past years, a lot of companies have launched their own courses to fulfill their talent needs. Most of these courses were constrained within the four walls of the organization but companies have now started to democratize it. Most recently TCS opened its courses to all the job seekers out there. As the world evolves, your internal training modules (except the proprietary materials) can be made available to larger pools and you can shortlist the best pool from the audience of your own course.
- Maximize on retention: Retaining the newly minted talent has been one of the biggest challenges that every company has been grappling with. On the face, it might look like a problem of people leaving the job, but if you dig deeper, the problem is more about the investment made in bringing freshers to pace. If the entry barrier to getting a job is high, the longevity to stay in the job is higher too. If you could make this investment before joining, the company won’t lose any time while for the potential seekers the jobs feel like earned.
- Move faster: In today’s ever-changing world, it is more important than ever for companies to move faster. Technology disruptions are creating ripples across industries and talent should not stop you to move faster. In order to move faster, you should have talent that can move faster than the company and it is only possible either with the top brass or you get people who are ready from Day one.
In conclusion, fresher training made sense in the pre-online skilling era but today a lot of this trainings can be done online before joining thereby making the work of all the stakeholders easier.