4 Ways Intentional Offboarding Can Help Your Onboarding Process

At the day job, I'm currently navigating the resignation of a high-performing, well-liked team member. While we playfully give her a hard time about it, it's all on good terms - you know, one of those "life happens" kinds of transitions that occasionally takes an employee away from your team and organization. As the manager … Continue reading 4 Ways Intentional Offboarding Can Help Your Onboarding Process

One sentence that will make new employees fall in love with your organization

It's human nature to have a deep-seeded desire to be needed. Wanted. Valued. In several talks and workshops, I've used Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs as an example of how we should be considering the needs of our new employees as we develop and implement onboarding strategies. Of course, it is critical to focus on the … Continue reading One sentence that will make new employees fall in love with your organization

Why Managers Need a “GPS” to Navigate the Employee Development Journey

Unless one is in the business of "talent," it could be confusing to recognize what "talent" really means. After all, what differentiates talent management, talent acquisition, talent development, talent shows....okay, I'm kidding on that one. But kidding aside, it can be confusing to people who DO work in a talent-focused role, so it's no surprise … Continue reading Why Managers Need a “GPS” to Navigate the Employee Development Journey

Are we still onboarding like it’s 1999?

As far as headlines go, Prince's recent death is hardly breaking news at this point. Several weeks have now gone by since his untimely, tragic passing. Having grown up in the 1980s, Prince's music was the soundtrack of my youth. It was such a shock to learn that this original, talented individual is no longer … Continue reading Are we still onboarding like it’s 1999?

Hiring Managers: These 5 Questions Are On Your New Employee’s Mind (so prepare for them!)

During the interview and selection process, is can be easy for a hiring manager or company to forget that the new employee is interviewing the company, manager and team just as much as the company is looking for the best candidate for the job. Recruiters, HR leaders and managers spend so much time narrowing a competitive … Continue reading Hiring Managers: These 5 Questions Are On Your New Employee’s Mind (so prepare for them!)

Hiring Manager Tip: Start Building a Relationship Before the New Employee’s First Day

Picture this: A hiring manager is eager to fill a key role on his team, and finally finds the right candidate. An offer is made, and ultimately accepted. (Cue the Hallelujah Chorus) Been there, hiring managers? As soon as that offer has been accepted, the clock is ticking. In many cases, you have about two … Continue reading Hiring Manager Tip: Start Building a Relationship Before the New Employee’s First Day

In My Opinion, The Most Important Part of Onboarding is…

Yesterday, I was asked this question: "In your opinion, what is the most important part of onboarding?" Naturally, I had an opinion, and I wanted to explore the topic further here. My answer to the question - the most important part of onboarding (in my opinion) is connecting the new employee to the organization. Notice … Continue reading In My Opinion, The Most Important Part of Onboarding is…

One Thing a Manager Can Say to Build a New Employee’s Confidence

Onboarding is a big responsibility, hiring manager. It's not enough to make sure a new employee has completed her paperwork and her direct deposit set up - you need to think about a number of other things: Training her for the role...integrating her with the rest of the team...introducing her to key stakeholders and vendors...showing … Continue reading One Thing a Manager Can Say to Build a New Employee’s Confidence

5 Onboarding Challenges Hiring Managers Face (and how to overcome them)

Let's face it, hiring managers: Onboarding a new employee is a tall order. Its importance is acknowledged by most, but busy managers often struggle with providing a solid experience for their newest team members. I know, I can get a little preachy with hiring managers sometimes...like here, here and here (to name a few!). But today, I'm … Continue reading 5 Onboarding Challenges Hiring Managers Face (and how to overcome them)