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  • Jordan Strate

The Employee Life Cycle

Updated: Apr 8

Every employee's journey is marked by distinct phases, commonly known as the Employee Life Cycle. Understanding this cycle is a crucial component of workforce management. From the early stages of recruitment to final exit interviews, each phase presents unique challenges and opportunities for both employees and employers. Let's delve a little deeper into the separate phases of the Employee Life Cycle.

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1. Recruitment:

It all begins with recruitment. Attracting and choosing the right candidates to fill vacant positions you must take into account several considerations including how to write intriguing job descriptions; knowing where to post job ads; how to screen resumes; how to conduct an interview; and finally, how to make an enticing job offer.

2. Onboarding:

Once a candidate accepts your offer, they enter the next phase: onboarding. Onboarding should be seen as more than just paperwork and procedure; you're introducing a new member to your team and you should provide them the necessary support and tools they need to succeed in their new role. A well-executed onboarding process will set the tone for your new hire's time with your company.

3. Development:

As your employee settles into their role you should be focused on their ongoing development and growth. This phase involves providing opportunities for training in hard and soft skills as well as mentorship programs to help employees reach their full potential. Workshops, seminars, online courses, and on-the-job training, can be tailored to suit both individual and organizational needs and are just a few of the development initiatives available.

4. Performance Management:

Performance management is an ongoing process that involves setting clear expectations, providing regular feedback, and evaluating employee performance. This phase includes goal setting, performance reviews, recognition of achievements, and addressing any performance issues or areas for improvement. Effective performance management fosters a culture of accountability, continuous improvement, and employee engagement.

5. Retention:

This phase focuses on strategies to keep your employee motivated, satisfied, and committed to your mission. This involves offering competitive compensation and benefits, working to promote work-life balance, providing opportunities for career advancement, and creating a positive work environment where employees feel valued and appreciated.

6. Transition:

At some point, employees may decide to leave the organization. Whether due to retirement, resignation, or termination the transition phase involves managing the offboarding process smoothly and professionally. Exit interviews have to be conducted, offboarding procedures followed, and important work knowledge transferred to the individual filling the gap, all while maintaining a positive relationship with the departing employee.

7. Post-Professional Relations:

Even after an employee leaves your organization their journey within the Employee Life Cycle continues. Staying connected with former employees opens the possibility for referrals and an opportunity to grow your network. It's always beneficial to strive to cultivate positive relationships with people.

The Employee Life Cycle is a dynamic and continuous process that looks at an employee at various stages along their journey within an organization. It's important first to understand, and second to effectively manage employee growth in each phase, doing so allows employers to optimize their workforce, enhance employee engagement and satisfaction, and drive organizational success.

All incidents and examples portrayed in this work are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, organizations, and products is intended or should be inferred.

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