Effective Onboarding and reducing the impacts of ‘Premature Evacuation’ The Fourth S – Skills

In the previous article we touched on the third S Style and proven strategies for successful alignment, effective onboarding and reducing the impacts of ‘premature evacuation’.

Today we are looking at the fourth S Skills and applying unique strengths to roles and minimising weaknesses for placement and career success.

Anyone who has been involved in hiring someone new for an organisation knows that there are so many factors besides skill level to take into consideration. Whilst skills form the base of someone’s ability to perform the job, it’s no secret that hiring for a value fit is the key to kicking off the onboarding process in the best way possible.

Skills and knowledge are all things that can be acquired in a relatively short amount of time, but values are usually already ingrained in a new hire’s mind – they either already align with your organisation’s values or they’re unlikely to ever align themselves. Since values form the foundation of everyday behaviours, it’s important to take them into account from the get-go!

My practical, proven strategies for successful alignment, effective onboarding and reducing the impacts of ‘premature evacuation’ is based on the famed McKinsey 7-S alignment framework.

In our next post we will be looking at some of the main points of the fifth S Strategy and in future posts we will be looking at the remaining S’s Staff, Systems for effective onboarding and how recruiters can reduce impact of ‘premature evacuation’.


Greg Weiss is Australia’s leading career coach. He is the author of “So You Got the Job! WTF Is Next?”. The book prescribes a proven, practical 7-step guideline for new employees, so they succeed, rather than fail their probation periods and beyond. Find out more about the book at https://www.wtfisnext.wtf

He is the Founder and Director of Onboff an online training and coaching platform that helps HR specialists, coaches and recruiters to deliver exceptional onboarding and offboarding experiences for employees.

He also hosts The Keep: The Employee Experience podcast and runs CareerSupport365.

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