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Why 8 out of 10 new hires will leave … and what you can do to stop them!

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Have you heard the story? A CFO and CEO are talking about skill development. The CFO, wary about the cost of employee training, asks the CEO, “What happens if we invest in training our people and then they leave the company?” The CEO, a bright person, replies, “What happens if we don’t and they stay?”

A recent Kenexa study shows 8 out of 10 new hires will leave if they do not receive training to effectively perform their jobs.


Source Kenexa TRAINING AND TENURE report

Only 21% of new hires intend to stay at companies that do not offer training for their current jobs. However, the study reveals that 62% of new hires intend to stay when training is provided. This nearly three-fold increase is a powerful example of the positive impact of training on new hire retention.

Companies today are heavily investing in the recruitment process. It’s time-consuming and costly to find the right candidate, conduct phone and face-to-face interviews and create an enticing job offer package. The average cost of bringing a new hire into a company is estimated at 10-30% of salary. This varies greatly depending on how the recruitment process utilizes advertising, social media, and in-house or external employment agencies.

Given the expense of recruiting, companies can ill afford to lose 80% of new hires. As the Kenexa study shows, a commitment to new hire training leads to employee retention.

IBM Training and our network of Global Training Providers can help you get the right training for new hires and all employees. Start with IBM Training Paths. These job-based flowcharts present a recommended sequence of classes based on current skills and job responsibilities.

Here is an example of a training path for a Business Analytics Developer:


IBM Training Paths are roadmaps that new hires can follow for career success. Classes are not designed to be taken all at once. Rather, students should return to their jobs and hone their new skills before taking more advanced courses. Opportunities for earning the valuable, industry-recognized credential of IBM Professional Certification are noted in the training paths.

Take a look at the IBM Training Paths and Certification pages to learn more.


Let me leave you with one more stat from the Kenexa report. This stat highlights the alarming disconnect between new hires’ and management’s perceptions of training.



Seventy-eight percent of executive and senior management believe their organizations are delivering the right level of new employee training. However, only 53% of new hires report getting the right training.

The Kenexa study makes a clear case that giving new hires the training they need leads to employee retention. I ask you…with the expense of recruitment and lost productivity when new hires leave, can you afford NOT to train them?

And an equally critical consideration…are you delivering the right training?

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