How can employers ensure they are making informed decisions when it comes to training new employees?

Training objectives should be related to the specific skills of the job. But they must also relate to broader professional development activities that help employees move forward. But they must also relate to broader professional development activities that help employees to advance within the organization and to realize their professional ambitions. Managers have the privilege of working closely with employees to identify the knowledge and skills they will need to achieve these short- and long-term goals.

As part of training new employees, consider assigning a mentor to talk to the employee for the first few months. That way, new employees know who to ask questions to, have an innate friend, and can receive training and guidance in their daily tasks. However, that decision-making process isn't always easy. In a survey conducted by management consulting firm McKinsey, only 28 percent of executives touted the quality of their company's strategic decisions, while 60 percent reported that bad decisions are almost as common as good ones.

According to a study by Queens University in Charlotte, nearly 75 percent of employers consider teamwork and collaboration to be “very important,” but 39 percent of employees say their organization isn't collaborating enough. In another study, 86 percent of respondents attributed workplace failures to lack of collaboration or ineffective communication. While you may think you know your blind spots, research suggests otherwise. According to organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich, 95 percent of people think they're self-aware, but only 10 to 15 percent actually are.

In other words, if you make all the decisions on your own, you are likely to lack cultural, informational or technical data. No, all of our programs are 100 percent online and available to participants regardless of location. Our simple online application is free and no special documentation is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years old, fluent in English and committed to learning and interacting with other participants throughout the program.

If your employer has hired HBS Online to participate in a program, or if you decide to enroll in the undergraduate credit option of the Credential of Readiness (CoRe) program, keep in mind that the policies for these options may differ. For example, a new sales employee may have to aim to achieve 20% more sales per quarter after the training is finished.