The important distinction between “orientation” and “onboarding”

I recently read an article about - you guessed it - onboarding, and a statement stuck with me...the author was defining new employee orientation at a high level, and then went on to define onboarding. The author suggested that, "Onboarding is often described as 'orientation on steroids.'" This was unsettling to me in a few … Continue reading The important distinction between “orientation” and “onboarding”

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Onboarding During Times of Organizational Change

I don't often talk about happenings at my day job, but I have an interesting case study to share. We have recently completed a major system conversion, a project that has taken nearly 3 years from inception, but particularly the past 18 months. My team was tasked with enabling the entire organization through training, on-the-job … Continue reading Onboarding During Times of Organizational Change

Onboarding is not a “Nice-to-Have”

I had a brief conversation with a consultant and business owner at a networking event a few months ago, where the topic drifted to the new employee experience. We were discussing a few general best practices and he probed why onboarding is the niche market I choose to serve in my consulting practice. Trying not … Continue reading Onboarding is not a “Nice-to-Have”

New Blog Series | Talent Marketing Essentials

"If everything in your toolbox is a hammer, then everything will look like a nail." - unknown I don't know who originally said this, but I heard a sales trainer quote it at least 10 years ago, and the saying has stuck with me ever since. It's so true...in the Business of Talent, we need … Continue reading New Blog Series | Talent Marketing Essentials

Setting & Communicating Vision for your Talent Development Team

*Jargon alert* Vision. Mission. Purpose. Core Values. Strategy. Goals. Business Drivers. Competencies.......what do they mean? How are these concepts similar? How are they different? Do they matter? How do they work together to move an organization forward? What do they mean to a Talent department? It goes without saying that Talent leaders need to find … Continue reading Setting & Communicating Vision for your Talent Development Team

Why do leaders care about onboarding?

It's one of many million-dollar-questions in the business of "talent" these days. Why do our leaders and executives care about onboarding? I attended a conference session last week led by Tamar Elkeles, Ph.D., a former Chief Learning Officer of the Year during her longtime tenure with Qualcomm. Dr. Elkeles had some no-nonsense insight into the … Continue reading Why do leaders care about onboarding?