December 17 , 2017

New Hire Orientation

How to Help New Hires Get up to Speed

Have you ever started to read a much-hyped book with great enthusiasm and anticipation, only to stop after a few chapters because it just wasn’t compelling enough to keep on going?At many companies and organizations, inadequate and mind-numbing onboarding programs are the corporate equivalent of that dull book, leaving new hires dispirited and wondering why they should stick with their ... Read More »

Improve Offer Acceptance Rates by Revealing the Quality of Your Team Members

Top candidates demand quality co-workers … so show them profiles of team members Imagine this recruiting scenario. During a final interview, one of your top tech candidates clearly appears to be wavering about whether she is willing to leave her current “pretty good job” and accept a possible new opportunity at your firm. Suddenly the hiring manager makes a bold ... Read More »

Get Rid of Your Bad Hires Quickly With a ‘No-fault Divorce’ Process

Everyone knows that the average hiring process is less than perfect. In fact, most selection processes have high failure rates (i.e. even after months or even years of “assessment,” nearly 60 percent of the marriages in California end in divorce). So it shouldn’t be a surprise that as many as 46 percent of new hires fail within 18 months, according ... Read More »

Onboarding Program Killers: 15 Common Errors to Avoid

The Root of the Problem Most corporate onboarding programs are designed from the HR administrator’s perspective. The goal and focus is to ease the administrative burden on HR and to drive compliance activities, not to ensure that new hires can reach expected levels of productivity in the shortest time frame possible. As a result, most programs have boiled onboarding activities ... Read More »

From Average to World-Class: Your Onboarding/Orientation Program, Part 2

This checklist continues last week’s article about comparing your onboarding program against the design components of a “world-class” onboarding program. Part 3: Operational Design Components   The last level of components for world-class onboarding programs is still important, even though they are more operational in nature. They include the following: A written and integrated plan. World-class onboarding programs have a short ... Read More »

From Average to World-Class: A Checklist to Transform Your Onboarding/Orientation Program, Part 1

Part 1: Primary Strategic Goals of Onboarding The items in this section are the primary strategic goals that serve as the foundation for world-class onboarding programs. Incidentally, they also differentiate onboarding from the more traditional "orientation" approach. The program should have clear and measurable goals that are communicated to all. In addition, the goals should also be prioritized or weighted. ... Read More »

Missed Opportunities: Talent Intelligence During the Onboarding Process

The Problem With Most Onboarding Approaches Like many programs in human resources, onboarding programs suffer from narrow perspective design. Quite frankly, they are designed by people who truly have no idea what value talent provides or how to maximize the value of that talent. The most common evidence of this design flaw is the scope and direction of information flow ... Read More »

Following Up On Your New Hires

Ever wonder what happens to the people you recruit after they begin their jobs? Strange as it may seem, most recruiters never actually follow up on the progress of their recruits on the job. I call it “dropping them over the wall and running away.”Why Follow Up? Failing to follow up on your hires runs counter to one of the most ... Read More »

First-Day-On-The-Job Employee Orientation Questionnaire

In Part One of this series, we outlined some important concepts that managers should consider implementing in order to create a top notch employee orientation program. Following up on these concepts, below is one of the most important tools of all: the employee orientation questionnaire. This questionnaire is the backbone of a successful orientation program. You can customize it for your own ... Read More »