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
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
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?
Ah, c'est l'amour. For several years, countless tourists in love made a pilgrimage to the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris to pledge their undying devotion by attaching a padlock, a "love lock," to the metal grating on the bridge. So. Many. Locks. The love lock tradition has spread to a number of other cities … Continue reading When does onboarding become too much of a good thing?
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!)
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
I don't often write much about my "day job" on this blog, but today is a little different. Today was the last day for a person on my team - she is relocating out of state for a new job opportunity. We certainly wish her the best! Even though we're happy for her opportunity, this … Continue reading The Offboarding-Onboarding Connection
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
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
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?