A new study, conducted by Jamie Guman, Ph.D and Alan Saks, shows a regular change of jobs and careers has become the new world work order. The study is the first to examine links between “on-boarding” tactics and newcomer engagement. It is published in the Journal of Managerial Psychology.
The study suggests that a structured employee orientation for new hires can be beneficial in promoting effective employee engagement but is just a starting point. To be fully engaged, new employees need to be supported by their superiors and colleagues so they can feel “safe” and believe that their work is meaningful.
Many companies are turning to simulation games for new employee orientation. Simulations have new hires encounter real life situations in a risk-free environment so that they will be ready for the challenges ahead of them. Johnson & Johnson’s “Your Future in Nursing” program allows new nurses to face such challenges to prepare them for the nursing world.
Personal engagement at work is a key factor to job success as well as a new employee’s commitment and performance which can in turn affect the company’s productivity and competitiveness.