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
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
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
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
Let's face it, hiring managers: Onboarding a new employee is a tall order. Its importance is acknowledged by most, but busy managers often struggle with providing a solid experience for their newest team members. I know, I can get a little preachy with hiring managers sometimes...like here, here and here (to name a few!). But today, I'm … Continue reading 5 Onboarding Challenges Hiring Managers Face (and how to overcome them)
A little tough love today...and I'm looking at you, hiring managers: Welcoming a new employee on the first day is your responsibility. Even if it's not spelled out in big, bold letters on your job description. Last week, I was having a nice conversation with someone on the subject of onboarding. He said this to … Continue reading Onboarding Table Stakes for Hiring Managers
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?