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30 PCB007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2023 tion, reviewing and signing them up for ben- efits, handing them off to their assigned team, introducing them to their supervisor, show- ing them their desk or office, providing them log-in information, sharing your employee manual, perhaps inviting them to a meeting or two, assigning them a mentor or asking them to shadow someone who can teach them the ropes, and, finally, sharing some internal train- ing PowerPoints or videos. You should have a fully functioning employee in just weeks, right? Not so fast. is long process is not ideal. But when I mention this to colleagues in the industry, they say, "John, this has been working for us for years. Why should we bother changing now?" First, competition for talent is incredibly strong. We have to do better if we are to hire the ose of us working in the electronics indus- try are painfully aware of workforce challenges we have faced since, well, forever. ese chal- lenges are so large and so varied that to have a meaningful discussion I'll break them down into key components. At a high level, the problem involves both finding and keeping people. An important aspect of keeping people revolves around onboarding. To me, onboarding includes all the efforts you take in selecting candidates and then preparing newly hired employees to suc- cessfully perform their job. Unfortunately, this is what the onboard- ing process too oen looks like: You extend the offer and it's accepted. An employee's first day at work likely includes attending company orientation, collecting pay-related informa- Rethink Your Onboarding Strategy One World, One Industry Feature Column by Dr. John W. Mitchell, IPC PRESIDENT AND CEO

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