It's summer vacation for phase(two)learning! For the next two weeks, please enjoy this recap of favorite phase(two)learning blog posts! Look for fresh, new content in July! If you've been following this blog for long, you'll know that onboarding is a topic that I could talk about all day. A solid onboarding program can have a … Continue reading Top 10 Posts About Onboarding
"I can't afford to spend a lot of time onboarding my new employee." "There is so much work to do, I need him to hit the ground running." "HOW long is Orientation?" I'm sure these thoughts go through the minds of hiring managers in organizations the world over. I know I've certainly heard statements like … Continue reading 3 Ways to Streamline the Onboarding Process
A little tough love today...and I'm looking at you, hiring managers: Welcoming a new employee on the first day is your responsibility. Even if it's not spelled out in big, bold letters on your job description. Last week, I was having a nice conversation with someone on the subject of onboarding. He said this to … Continue reading Onboarding Table Stakes for Hiring Managers
My all-time favorite television show is Seinfeld. I own the DVD collection and have probably seen every episode at least a dozen times, but that doesn't stop me from stopping on it in a channel-surfing face-off. In fact, the name of this blog is, in part, a subtle homage to the show. With April 29th … Continue reading What George Costanza Teaches Us About Onboarding
This is a special, non-Wednesday post, but I simply couldn't wait until next Wednesday to share it. Why? This is my one-hundredth blog post. To some bloggers, this might be small potatoes. There are people who blog daily, or even multiple times per day, with new ideas constantly shaping into thought-provoking posts. And then there's … Continue reading One Hundred Thanks
Startups are interesting little things, aren't they? Growing a product and company, often from nothing more than a whim: "Wouldn't it be cool if we.........." (and a startup is born.) Before my current day job, I worked for a tech startup. The company was about 8 years old when I joined, so they weren't exactly … Continue reading Too Busy for Onboarding?
When did everything become "epic"? Epic this, epic that. It's become the go-to adjective for just about anything lately. Recently I even saw a sign in my neighborhood, directing people to an "EPIC GARAGE SALE". (I never saw the sale, so I'll just take their word for it). Take the expression, "epic fail" - I'm not … Continue reading 7 Signs Your New Employee Orientation Program is an Epic Fail
A strong relationship between a new employee and his manager is imperative to long-term success. The End. Shortest post ever. Okay, just kidding...there's more. Something I've learned about hiring managers is, while they have good intentions about bringing a new employee on board, they often just aren't sure about their role in the process. It's … Continue reading 5 Onboarding Rules for Hiring Managers
Have you ever attended a meeting or training session, when the leader or facilitator asked, "Does anybody have any questions?" And you do, in fact, have questions. But you don't ask. I think we've all been there. For one reason or another, we don't always speak up when we are unsure about something. Or maybe … Continue reading 3 Little White Lies Your New Employee is Telling You
Hey manager! Ready or not...here comes your new employee! If a hiring manager doesn't have a lot of turnover on her team, she may not give a lot of thought to preparing for a new employee's arrival. On the flip side, a hiring manager who is often bringing on new team members might find herself … Continue reading Ready or Not?