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8 PCB007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2023 A Strong Start In your current job, what was the onboard- ing process like? If you've been with the same company for decades, you likely didn't see much of an onboarding process at all. If you're lucky, your boss took you out to lunch on the first day. Were you assigned a mentor? Were you welcomed with open arms into your new work family, or were you basi- cally tossed in the pond and told to sink or swim? e "sink or swim" approach was the rule, not the exception—for most companies, across all industries—because there were always more job-hunters than there were open positions; skilled, degreed, manage- ment, you name it, and there was someone to fill it. Hiring managers always had a stack of resumés they could pick through. But that all changed a few years ago when our Baby Boomer brethren started retiring, with some pulling the pin early because of COVID concerns. is was followed by the start of the "Great Resignation" in November 2021, when 4.5 million working-age adults just bailed out of the workforce. Recently, hiring has outpaced quitting, but we're still down a few million American workers compared to pre-COVID numbers. As a result, many companies in our indus- tr y are revamping their onboarding pro- cesses. ey want their new hires to stay for a long time, mostly because they can't afford to The Shaughnessy Report by Andy Shaughnessy, I-CONNECT007

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