Onboarding or Waterboarding?

December 01 2019
By: Terry L. Mathis

Most new-employee training is an information dump! It is too much information in too little time to be fully understood, much less retained. A recent client actually calls their process "immersion." With so much data indicating that employees new to the job are at significantly higher risk, Onboarding or Waterboarding? it is imperative we better prepare them before tossing them into the work pool to sink or swim.

Organizations that are excellent in safety spend more time and intersperse training with workplace visits and mentoring to make entry into the workplace produce workers more thoroughly trained and ready to address the risks in their jobs. Ask a new employee who has just finished your onboarding process if they feel more trained or tortured.

Terry L. Mathis

Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.