Crossboarding utilizes the company’s existing resources within the organisation to fill in job vacancies that arise in the company instead of looking out for applicants. It helps the current employees acquire the needed skills and competencies to perform at the job instead of recruiting candidates from outside the organisation.
A good HR manager is one who has an eye for spotting talent both within and outside an organisation. The key to an Organisation’s growth need not always come externally but could lie within by tapping the potential and talent of existing resources to the fullest. A quality employer optimizes the talent pool already available inside the organisation. The benefits of crossboarding could possibly outweigh other methods that employers use to enhance team performance. We list out a few:
- Reduces cost considerably
Changing employee roles and assigning duties to an existing resource is always less expensive than opting for an external recruitment drive. For small and medium enterprises, the cost savings is reason enough to give prominence to a crossboarding program over recruitment. The importance of crossboarding for team performance is that it prepares current employees who are familiar with the company and its philosophy for additional responsibility without the expense of recruiting, hiring and onboarding a new employee.
- Motivates current employees
Timely employee recognition is one of the most effective methods to improving employee motivation. Recognition in the form of crossbarding works wonders for employee motivation and confidence because it’s proof the company is investing the necessary time and resources for employees to measure up and acquire new skills. An employee who believes the employer will reward good performance is likely to exhibit an increased level of job satisfaction and ultimately better performance as an Organisational member.
- Better understanding of Culture
A current employee has a better understanding of the company culture with its shared values, beliefs, habits, attitudes along with accepted norms of behavior. He understands the big picture and has an overview of the company’s vision, mission, goals, philosophy, and objectives. Culture fit is key to productivity and crossboarding helps in this regard.
- Career development
Setting up a career development program for employees through crossboarding reinforces belief in the employee that his performance will be rewarded and there is scope for growth envisioned for him in the organisational setup, meaning enhanced role, authority, duty and responsibility. It reassures him that he can climb up the ladder of success withing the organisation than just stagnate in the current role for years doing monotonous activities. Career development is an effective method to engage, motivate and retain an employee.
- Established Social Connections
A current employee has the necessary social connections and understands power structures and team hierarchies in the company. This relates to all the necessary interpersonal relationships and information networks that would be required for the job. 60% managers who fail to onboard successfully cite failure to establish effective working relationships as a primary reason. Employees need to feel socially at ease and accepted by colleagues and team mates. Integrating into one’s team is directly related to commitment and productivity. High quality relationships with managers, leaders and other team members is vital to succeed in the new role.