The important distinction between “orientation” and “onboarding”

I recently read an article about - you guessed it - onboarding, and a statement stuck with me...the author was defining new employee orientation at a high level, and then went on to define onboarding. The author suggested that, "Onboarding is often described as 'orientation on steroids.'" This was unsettling to me in a few … Continue reading The important distinction between “orientation” and “onboarding”

What are your existing employees telling your new employees?

A lot of my blog inspiration comes from casual observations as I'm out-and-about. Today's post comes from a brief conversation I overheard while waiting for an elevator, between an existing employee (Brendon) and a new employee: Brendon: Today was your first day, right? How did it go? I'm Brendon, I'm the Director of Client Experience. … Continue reading What are your existing employees telling your new employees?

Onboarding During Times of Organizational Change

I don't often talk about happenings at my day job, but I have an interesting case study to share. We have recently completed a major system conversion, a project that has taken nearly 3 years from inception, but particularly the past 18 months. My team was tasked with enabling the entire organization through training, on-the-job … Continue reading Onboarding During Times of Organizational Change

Onboarding is not a “Nice-to-Have”

I had a brief conversation with a consultant and business owner at a networking event a few months ago, where the topic drifted to the new employee experience. We were discussing a few general best practices and he probed why onboarding is the niche market I choose to serve in my consulting practice. Trying not … Continue reading Onboarding is not a “Nice-to-Have”

Talent Marketing Essentials: The Welcome Email

In this second installment of the Talent Marketing Essentials series, we're exploring the power of a warm welcome.   Regardless of your reason for the welcome, we should all be able to relate to being on the receiving end of a well-executed welcome strategy (as well as the feelings we've experienced as a result of … Continue reading Talent Marketing Essentials: The Welcome Email

New Blog Series | Talent Marketing Essentials

"If everything in your toolbox is a hammer, then everything will look like a nail." - unknown I don't know who originally said this, but I heard a sales trainer quote it at least 10 years ago, and the saying has stuck with me ever since. It's so true...in the Business of Talent, we need … Continue reading New Blog Series | Talent Marketing Essentials

Setting & Communicating Vision for your Talent Development Team

*Jargon alert* Vision. Mission. Purpose. Core Values. Strategy. Goals. Business Drivers. Competencies.......what do they mean? How are these concepts similar? How are they different? Do they matter? How do they work together to move an organization forward? What do they mean to a Talent department? It goes without saying that Talent leaders need to find … Continue reading Setting & Communicating Vision for your Talent Development Team

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

Using Stay Interviews to Enhance Onboarding

  There is an abundance of research clogging the interwebs on the subject of onboarding; a credible whitepaper that I often reference is the Definitive Guide to Onboarding from Bamboo HR. In the report, the author includes a terrific stat from Aberdeen Research (another fantastic resource): As many as 87% of new employees are not fully … Continue reading Using Stay Interviews to Enhance Onboarding