Living in the Cayman Islands means that most of the news coverage is US focused and recently that focus has been on Trump’s first 100 days in office and how successful they have been. I will let you be the judge of that. Either way my opinion is that it seems ridiculous to make judgements after such a short period of time and as historian David Greenberg argued in the Wall St Journal ‘ the first 100 days is important, but in a better world it wouldn’t be’. However this is the world we live in.
Constantly hearing about the 100 day plan as well as speaking to candidates who have recently relocated or in the process of relocating, did make me think about the importance of the first days, weeks and months in a new role.
The benefits of onboarding new employees are well researched and documented; higher levels of employee engagement, increased productivity, increased staff retention, easier to attract new talent, less turnover, better alignment with corporate goals, building your employer brand, creating
brand ambassadors etc. All of which is to say increased revenues and decreased costs.
Given the nature of the offshore market and the elongated recruitment process I believe that the risks and rewards of having a successful on boarding program in place or not are magnified. However since starting out in offshore legal recruitment over a decade ago I have often thought that employers do not make the most of the opportunity to really engage with their prospective employees before they arrive on island. I am glad to say that things are improving but I am sure there is more that could be done. We certainly make a point of being in constant communication with candidates and clients to make sure the relocation process is a smooth as possible.
Waiting for immigration approval on top of 1 – 3 month notice periods mean that it can easily be 4-6 months from signing a contract to having that employee join the team. Why not use that time to engage with new employees and their families about the exciting move ahead and their new
lifestyle. There are a plethora of issues both inside and outside of the office that any new employee will be thinking about when moving to a new jurisdiction; their role and responsibilities, office culture, schools, accommodation, social life, is island fever real, what clothes to pack etc, etc. Most of these questions can be covered before the first day on the job and will go a long way to avoiding or at least minimizing any negative reaction to change which should be expected after the honeymoon period with such a major change to the status quo.
None of this is difficult and it doesn’t have to be. There are an enormous amount of online resources and checklists available. As long as it is structured, repeatable and made personal I believe there are huge benefits to be had. We have seen the results for ourselves with candidates we have worked with enjoying hugely successful career moves, many becoming Partners, and them and their families making the most of island life.
Don’t wait until the end of the 100th day to make sure they have been a success.
Feel free to contact us at Highbury Consulting to discuss any of your recruitment needs
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