Bridge the gap between employee selection and development

Written by Melinda Kennedy, Senior Organizational Development Consultant
Previously published by PSI Talent Management or Cubiks, prior to becoming Talogy.

It happens time and time again. You employ a best practice approach to select the best candidate for a particular role. You review resumes, conduct interviews, and leverage hiring assessment data. You have put in the time and energy to hire a rockstar. Now, what do you do?

Many times, we fall into the trap of assuming that because the newly hired employee is a good fit for the role, our job is done. But in fact, it has just begun! Studies have shown that employees are looking for companies that will invest in their development, provide them with feedback, and give them tools to succeed. This is the prime opportunity to utilize the data you have at your fingertips to successfully bridge the gap between selection and development. The time is now to develop that rockstar into a champion.

To jumpstart this initiative, here are some steps to take and questions you should be asking within your organization.

1. Review your current development programs

  • What programs do we have that meet the needs of our employees?
  • How do we know that the current programs are successful?
  • How do we pivot to support the needs of new generations and the ongoing changes in the new era of work?

2. Talk to your employees about their needs

  • What assumptions are we making about individual and team development?
  • How often do we ask our employees what they desire for their development?
  • Do our ideas of development align with how employees prefer to learn?

3. Take the temperature of your organization

  • What is our current attitude towards development?
  • Do employees feel that there is ample time and attention being given to development initiatives?
  • How do we ensure that we are creating opportunities for employee development that are seen as desirable and not viewed as a burden or ‘checking a box?’

4. Leverage your selection data

Today’s employees are looking for ways to fit learning and development into their already busy schedules. They are also seeking ways to learn from each other and apply new skills to address real-world work issues. That’s why a blend of self-paced, micro-learning, virtual classroom experiences, and team problem-solving offers a great way to bridge the gap from selection to development. Investment in the development of your employees in a way that allows them to personalize their journey will result in increased retention, enhanced productivity and engagement, and improved business outcomes.

If your organization is looking for a way to bridge the gap between selection and development, Talogy offers an innovative solution that turns critical hiring information into growth plans that are personalized for individuals and tailored to team needs. Our experts can curate and customize competency-based development programs that enhance employees’ strengths and address their most pressing development needs.

The newest addition to AIM Learning System lets employees work together to solve job-related problems. We call them team challenges – it’s action learning in a virtual escape room environment. Our world-class coaches are available to guide employees every step of the way.