3 Foolproof Ways to Blow New Employees Away on their First Day

Another new year is upon us, friends! 365 blank calendar squares where we can make a difference, add value, build connections and drive results. The promise and possibility of that is motivating to me, despite years and years of abandoned new habits and rarely worn gym clothes, since I'm not much of a "resolution" kind … Continue reading 3 Foolproof Ways to Blow New Employees Away on their First Day

4 Tips for Increasing Authenticity in your Onboarding Program

  For several years now, I have had the (insanely fun) opportunity to consult with organizations and speak at conferences about the need for strategic, impactful onboarding and improving the new employee experience. I've had conversations over countless cups of coffee with HR leaders, training facilitators, talent development professionals and other industry friends about how … Continue reading 4 Tips for Increasing Authenticity in your Onboarding Program

Why do leaders care about onboarding?

It's one of many million-dollar-questions in the business of "talent" these days. Why do our leaders and executives care about onboarding? I attended a conference session last week led by Tamar Elkeles, Ph.D., a former Chief Learning Officer of the Year during her longtime tenure with Qualcomm. Dr. Elkeles had some no-nonsense insight into the … Continue reading Why do leaders care about onboarding?

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

Why “Lean In” Made Me Step Back for a Moment

Over the past few years, the Lean In movement has become a highly influential, inspirational voice for professional women around the world. As a professional female, I appreciate the message and encouragement. As the mother of a teenage son (today, at the time of this writing, is actually his 15th birthday!) and a college-aged daughter, I … Continue reading Why “Lean In” Made Me Step Back for a Moment

5 Must-Capture Onboarding Metrics to Prove Your Value

We all know the old saying, "If a tree falls in the forest but no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?" Our onboarding programs are no different. If our data doesn't tell a story about our program's success, how much value is truly perceived?  At the day job, I'm currently … Continue reading 5 Must-Capture Onboarding Metrics to Prove Your Value