Believe it or not, 2014 is quickly coming to an end. It doesn't seem possible, does it? If you're like many L&D leaders, now is the time you're looking at your annual department budget, and quickly trying to spend some of your allocated dollars, so you don't have to hear this: "If you didn't need … Continue reading What To Do With Those 2014 Professional Development Budget Dollars?
We've been hinting around at a big announcement for the past few weeks, and here it is! By popular demand, we are excited to announce the newest public workshop offering from phase(two)learning! Join us March 9-10, 2015 for Orientation Overhaul: Re-imagining the New Employee Experience in your Organization! New Employee Orientation is often a … Continue reading ANNOUNCEMENT: Does Your New Employee Orientation Program Need an Overhaul?
Sometimes, it's the smallest things that get under a person's skin and drives. them. absolutely. crazy. For me, it's the term "new hire." Seems innocent, right? I'm sure about 99.2% of people in the free world wouldn't think twice about the expression, but it's one I simply cannot stand. In fact, I told my friend Brian the … Continue reading Onboarding Should be Relational, not Transactional
Yesterday, I was asked this question: "In your opinion, what is the most important part of onboarding?" Naturally, I had an opinion, and I wanted to explore the topic further here. My answer to the question - the most important part of onboarding (in my opinion) is connecting the new employee to the organization. Notice … Continue reading In My Opinion, The Most Important Part of Onboarding is…
My 4-year old nephew, Logan, is obsessed with "As Seen on TV" products. Really obsessed. How many 4-year olds do you know cash in their piggy banks to buy a Pocket Hose Ultra? Well, that's Logan. Love this little guy:We were shopping for his birthday present recently, and perused the toy and the "As Seen … Continue reading Onboarding: Some Assembly Required
The expression "Disruptive Innovation" has been all over the interwebs lately. Are you familiar with the concept? It was first coined by Clayton Christensen, a Harvard Business School professor. According to Christensen's website, Disruptive Innovation "describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a … Continue reading Disruptive 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
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
Deconstructing and revising an Orientation program is no small undertaking. Trust me, I've been there! I'm often asked for quick tips or best practices that can be quickly implemented to an existing New Employee Orientation program. Keeping in mind that every organization and program is different, there are some simple things that can be added … Continue reading 3 Easy Tips for a More Engaging New Employee Orientation Program
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