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
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
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
As learning professionals (or whatever hat we might be wearing at any given moment), it is our responsibility to assess a learning need and provide a solution. And, tipping my cap to my passionate learning cohorts around the world, I'd say we do a fine job. But, you know what? We don't always have the … Continue reading Improving Training Programs with Feedback
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?
In my last post, I threw out this crazy little notion about incorporating Pinterest into employee onboarding programs. I promised that there would be a Part 2...and here it is: I've got 3 more board possibilities for you, so between last week's post and this one, you'll have 8...count 'em...8 ideas for boards you can … Continue reading Pinterest for Onboarding: Part Two
The Meet & Greet is a beloved component of many onboarding programs. I'm going out on a limb, however, and guess that many hiring managers love them for the wrong reasons. Let's ruffle some feathers: Reasons I Think (Some) Hiring Managers Love Meet & Greets: 1. They're pretty easy to coordinate. 2. Most of the … Continue reading The Art of the Meet & Greet
Truth be told, I'm not a big fan of big-box stores. That said, I am a suburban mom...so they do have a place in my life. But as Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close, I've had holiday shopping on the brain...although this is the first year in recent memory that I did NOT brave the … Continue reading Big-Box Onboarding
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.