Closing the productivity gap and ensuring that new recruits are engaged and effective early is more and more important.
How it used to be
In the gold watch era, when people used to stay in jobs for 10 plus years, it made sense for companies to invest both time and money in training and upskilling employees.
In the 21st Century
The average tenure in the US is less than 6 years, but it is the under 30's who are moving after short periods. According to Stats SA, the median employment for the 25 to 34 year old South African worker is 31 months.
William Shakespeare said that "Parting is such sweet sorrow", and Sheryl Sandberg said "don't leave until you leave." And for me it comes down to that jet stream (or wake) again, do you want it to be a beautiful memory, to fade quickly or to leave a stain?
As important as the first day is for companies to get right, with effective inductions and warm receptions, that last month post resignation, is when the employee becomes re employable, or a bad penny!
If you are anything like me, you are often surprised to hear how people react to you on first meeting. And to overcome this, many of us tend to overdo the warmth, humour and trying to fit in, or go the other way, and try to be as unobtrusive as possible.
Neither of them feel natural and neither are sustainable so it is worth spending some time preparing for the first impressions you create on the first day of your new job.
Start of a new year, so first impressions are top of mind. How do we create the right first impression when job hunting? Interviewers are just like the rest of us and their initial impression of the applicant may change the whole flavour of the interview.
So how do you create that great first impression? Research?
These days, it is the expectation that the applicant will know what the company does, understand the basics of the job requirement and have a few well chosen questions to add to the discussion.
You and your skill set have beaten the filters, and now you are in the interview room. The interview starts, introductions are over and the door opens.
The new person is introduced and you reach up from your chair, and shake the hand offered to you. In many situations, you have now lost momentum. Stand up, smile and shake firmly. Staying in your chair immediately gives the wrong impression. The same goes if anybody leaves the room and is not coming back.
Weight, height, age, dress size, shoe size, all numbers that we (and the media) use to define people.
I was fascinated by an article from the Leicester Mercury where the age of each witness to a bus crash in January were carefully listed.
Sue Kellett, 56, whose front garden is bordered by the wall, was one of the first at the scene.
Louis…, landlord of the Royal Anglian pub, …..“I heard it first, there was a loud screech, followed by a bang,” said the 44-year-old.