Our work (as covered in our book Successful Onboarding) promotes the idea of attending to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in the design of your Onboarding Program in order to impact primary objective productivity gains (see Figure 1.1 below).
In a new book titled Flourish, Dr. Martin Seligman (University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychology) outlines a set of thoughts associated with the Positive psychology movement and speaks to a model of well-being termed PERMA: positive emotion, engagement (the feeling of being lost in a task), relationships, meaning, and accomplishment.
To us, this sounds like a model that can serve as an effective frame for new hire onboarding. Check out this recent article in the New York Times (http://nyti.ms/ljUVxe) describing Seligman’s latest work and let us know what you think.
Figure 1.1 Potential of Recruiting and Onboarding to Satisfy Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Legend: Light Green = Recruiting’s Impact; Dark Green = Onboarding’s Impact