Current employees can also benefit from instruction

Ninety-one percent of HR professionals say onboarding plays an essential role in creating a culture of change and innovation — yet most organizations primarily use it to initiate new hires, according to recently released research.

More than three in four survey respondents (78 percent) agree onboarding isn’t only appropriate for new employees. However, almost just as many — 77 percent — say their organization’s onboarding process places a greater emphasis on prepping new hires to work at the company, rather than fostering positive transitions for existing employees.

Despite the majority of respondents (96 percent) saying that, due to increased artificial intelligence and automation, upskilling or reskilling employees is important, less than two in three (65 percent) say their company’s onboarding process does a great job of reskilling employees — or upskilling them — for the next step in their career.

Only 11 percent of HR professionals at organizations that offer onboarding for new hires, in fact, say their program extends further and could be considered to be continuous.

For more about helping employees obtain new skills and get acclimated, view this information about the SilkRoad Technology survey — and read this overview of 4 issues a better onboarding program can fix.