I read an interesting article recently that talked about the similarities between spring gardening and talent management. I know what you’re thinking… Really? Spring gardening? But it’s true if you take a moment to compare the two (…and you don’t have to be an avid gardener to make the connection)!

Spring is that time of year when HR begins to reflect on how to grow and bring in new talent. Perhaps it’s the bleak Canadian winters that get us thinking of how we can ‘spruce’ things up a bit. Spring is often associated with the three R’s: rebirth, renewal and regrowth. This same philosophy can without a doubt be carried over to the workplace.

For the sake of this argument, let’s compare plants or flowers to “talent” and “employees.” Like any enthusiastic gardener, employers often spend the dreary winter months surveying their talent base. Maybe they’ve been taking notes on what areas or departments require work or attention. Perhaps there’s some rearranging to do, or weak links that need repairing or even, replacing.

Whatever the case, it’s important for employees to take on or enter the spring season with a fresh, new attitude and be open to regeneration. As an employer, it’s in your best interest to take this time to examine your talent with a critical eye and be willing to make changes for the better.

It all starts with a solid onboarding process and ensuring that your performance management system is up to par. Like any good gardener, an employer should always have a plan when taking on new additions. If you do not prepare for “new talent” coming in, the likelihood of their survival is slim.

Don’t believe it? Check out these eye-opening statistics for yourself:

  • “22% of staff turnover occurs in the first forty-five days of employment.” – The Wynhurst Group
  • “46% of rookies wash out in their first 18 months.” – Leadership IQ
  • “New employees who went through a structured onboarding program were 58% more likely to be with the organization after three years.” – The Wynhurst Group

So this spring, start thinking about how you can exercise your talent management “green thumb,” and then sit back and watch your talent garden grow!

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