Let’s Solve These Talent Puzzles: Onboarding and Career Pathways

Retention is the name of the game in today’s talent market. All the effort that goes into recruiting can be wasted if you can’t keep your new hires — or if they can’t see opportunities for growth at your organization.

Two biggest pieces of that puzzle? Onboarding and career pathways.

It’s a problem most employers face, right from the start. SHRM reports that only 12 percent of employees in the U.S. say their company does a good job onboarding. Meanwhile, there is a big disconnect between upskilling opportunities and their utilization. Although 80 percent of employers offer upskilling benefits, only 51 percent of employees use them.

The good news: We’ve got you covered.

Join us 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville as we explore ways to Enhance Onboarding & Career Pathways.


This session has been rescheduled from November, and we’re excited to announce two expert practitioners from Corewell Health:

  • Charlotte Byndas, a senior director for strategy, workforce planning and operations within talent attraction, brings over 20 years of experience in talent attraction, workforce diversity, and workforce development.
  • Scott Douse, lead recruiter for operations, has more than a decade of recruiting experience, including roles of increasing responsibility at Corewell, where he focuses creating a positive patient experience by recruiting skilled candidates.

Charlotte and Scott will share how they collaborate across departments, draw on diverse areas of expertise, and leverage external partners to increase retention, belonging, and productivity. They will provide an insider’s view of how system thinking and centering around values drives outcomes.

This conversation will set the stage for our workshops on Puzzling Toward Outcomes. You will leave with a list of strategies and tactics you can deploy right away.

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Samples from the workshop sheets we will walk through at the event.

Puzzle Solving

Talent management has a lot of moving pieces, and it is a complex puzzle to be solved daily — including building those pathways and onboarding practices. The workshop portion of the event will cover:

  • Puzzling Through Onboarding, which will cover outlining onboarding steps, establishing a plan, creating training materials and activities and creating individual development plans.
  • Puzzling Through Career Pathways, which will cover the case for skills-based promotion, developing options and skills mapping.

Attendees earn 2 SHRM professional development credits from this session.

Why This Is Important

As noted in our popular Talent Solutions Playbook — now in its third edition, with printed copies available to attendees on Nov. 8 — robust opportunities for professional development are an effective way to attract and retain talent.

This is especially true for the Millennial Generation, those born between 1981 and 1996, who make up the largest generational cohort of the West Michigan workforce, at 39%. As the Playbook notes, “Establishing clear career pathways, self-directed learning opportunities, and consistent feedback with managers can cultivate trust and loyalty while appealing to their desire for career progression.”

Research by Gartner finds that only 45% of employees believe internal learning programs are relevant to them. And among employees who quit within six months, according to Zippia, the leading factors they said could have helped them stay are better guidance about responsibilities (23%) and more effective training (21%).

The good news: If your organization is looking to optimize its onboarding, career pathways, or leveraging external training partners this session of the Talent Solutions Series has you covered.



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