Hire a highly productive A player employee who’s equipped with the latest software
With the advances information technology has made, the gap between the current educational system and the requirements in a work environment continues to grow wider. Fresh graduates are far from ready to take on the job and even experienced ones find they are far from productive the first few months.
In the modern work environment, most of the job will be performed better if employees utilize software. However, most of the new joiners come with skill sets that are no longer sufficient.
We can compare the above with the analogy of a carpenter who is qualified, but has no tools to work. On the other hand, another carpenter not only knows what he is doing, but he also uses the latest machinery. The latter will definitely give you better productivity for your money. Even if you decide you would like the carpenter to use your own tools, the cost will be higher and the time to learn longer, with unpredictable results.
Although most companies have software that is used by existing employees and should be learned by new joiners, we are not talking about these tools. We are talking about the specialization tools that will be used specifically for the job that will be performed by the new joiner.
However, most new hires are either coming into the job with no tools, or might be using individual applications that may or may not suit their new work environment. In addition to this, many companies have company policies in place which prohibits data from going to private applications, in order to avoid losing the information once the employee moves on.