Streamlining Success: Employee Onboarding Solutions

Onboarding is an employer’s first and best chance to confirm for new hires whether they made the right decision. 

Treating onboarding as a static process rather than an opportunity to make it employees’ first great training and development experience is a prescription for first-year hires to quickly head to the exit.

It’s that simple, which has led to more employers realizing the impact of onboarding training on employer brand, talent retention, engagement and performance. 

More than 60% of organizations plan heavy or moderate investment in improving onboarding in 2023, according to Brandon Hall Group’s annual HCM Outlook study. More employers plan substantial investment in onboarding training — in both time and money — than in upskilling, improving the learner experience, and coaching.

Ensuring Success: Effective Employee Onboarding Solutions

Onboarding also is transitioning to “everboarding,” which involves continuous learning experiences that help incumbent employees transition successfully to new roles.

AllenComm, a Brandon Hall Group Smartchoice® Bronze Preferred Provider, understands the strategic importance of onboarding training and provides versatile solutions for onboarding programs at each stage of development, from start to finish. 

Finding the right partner for onboarding training is critical because almost half of learning organizations (47%) say they do not have the people and time to support future skills development, including new-hire onboarding, according to Brandon Hall Group’s Transforming Learning for the Future of Work study. 

Another study reveals that when a current employee moves into a new leadership role, 31% of organizations don’t have a transitional leadership training and onboarding program. Of those that do, 55% have programs that last less than five days. That’s not sufficient to provide people with the knowledge, skills and context to be successful. Learning must be sustained and contextual.

Onboarding has become a critical building block for employee training and development. In this new era of work, where change is constant and complexity is on the rise, employers need a learning partner that can provide an engaging, impactful learning experience for new hires and anyone changing roles.

AllenComm has a time-tested methodology that has helped companies in industries as diverse as aviation, medical equipment manufacturing and food and beverage manufacturing. It includes: 

  • Analyzing your current onboarding training and determining how to improve time to competency, retention and engagement
  • Identifying gaps between employee behavior and expected results
  • Developing solutions that will tailor the experience to specific employee roles, company culture and business goals

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.