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?
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?
It's not just about company culture. It's not just about getting comfortable. Or building relationships. Now, before the Culture Police (sounds like a mashup of classic 80s bands) steps in and calls me out, read on. There is a point: You hired that person to do a job. Giving him the tools he needs to … Continue reading Socialization, Schmocialization.