Getting new hires to hit the ground running and productive


The process of acclimating new employees to the work environment can be a lengthy and challenging process. Often, the theories and concepts they learned in school do not accurately reflect the reality of the workplace, resulting in a discrepancy between their idealistic expectations and actual work processes. This leads to delays in their ability to be productive, affecting the overall productivity of the company.

According to a study conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, it takes an average of 42 days to fill a position and an additional 1-2 years for an employee to reach their full productivity potential. This not only affects the bottom line but also leads to increased turnover rates and decreased employee morale. Therefore, there is a pressing need to implement a special onboarding/training program that can help new hires bridge the gap between theory and practice, enabling them to hit the ground running and become productive team members faster.


To address the problem of new employees taking too long to acclimate to the work environment, we propose a comprehensive ‘Up to Speed’ program that provides new hires with the knowledge necessary to hit the ground running. Depending oN the company, this can also include practical, hands-on experience to complement their theoretical knowledge. The development program may include job shadowing opportunities, mentorship, and interactive workshops that will help new hires understand the company culture, expectations, and workflows. Additionally, the program will focus on developing the necessary skills, such as communication, problem-solving, and teamwork, that are essential for success in the workplace. 

By equipping new hires with the necessary skills and knowledge, we can help them bridge the gap between idealism and reality, enabling them to hit the ground running and be productive team members faster. 

Furthermore, the program will have a positive impact on employee morale, job satisfaction, and retention rates, contributing to the overall success of the company.


1. Getting new hires to appreciate the work environment.

2. Basic communications in the workplace.

3. Basic teamwork, getting things done together.

4. Basic problem-solving.

4. Building self-confidence at work.


1. English

2. Tagalog 

3. Taglish


1. Additional topics that the company may find beneficial. 

2. Core values of the company as part of the topics.

3. Creation of online modules of the topics for easy reference of new hires.

Take our UP2SPEED Survey. We would like to know what you think.


The purpose of this survey is to gather insights from HR managers on the issues related to new employees taking too long to acclimate to the work environment. The survey aims to understand the reasons behind the delayed productivity of new employees, the effectiveness of the current training programs, and the common challenges faced by new hires during their onboarding process.

In the meantime, by gathering this information, we can identify or validate the gaps in the current onboarding process and develop a more effective training program that helps new employees bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical requirements. The insights gathered from the survey will help us update and share our program that focuses on developing the necessary skills for success in the workplace, such as communication, problem-solving, and time management.

Furthermore, the results of the survey will provide valuable insights to HR managers and organizations on the effectiveness of their current training programs and areas for improvement. This will enable organizations to optimize their onboarding process, improve employee morale and satisfaction, and increase retention rates.

Therefore, we encourage HR managers and company owners to take the time to complete this survey to help us gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by new employees during the onboarding process, and to identify ways to improve the overall effectiveness of the training program.