Magazine article Talent Development

Easing into a New Job Isn't Easy

Magazine article Talent Development

Easing into a New Job Isn't Easy

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"The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation, and supervision."

--Bruce Barton, U.S. Congressman

The unemployment rate dropped to 8.9 percent in February and has fallen a full percentage point in the last three months. Companies are starting to hire again, and that's a good thing for workers who have been out of a job for an extended period of time.

But are those unemployed workers ready to venture back into this competitive job market, and are companies ready to make this transition easier for them? This month's cover article on page 36 highlights the tough transition that military veterans face when entering the civilian workforce, and although some of the frustrations and challenges that veterans face are unique to their military service, companies can learn from their challenges when transitioning new employees into their work environment.

Culture fit is a major reason why veterans leave a civilian job, and I'm sure the same applies for civilians. …

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