New Hire Orientation

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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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A Manager’s Guide to Orientation

The first week on the job can play a crucial role in motivating and retaining new employees. We often spend lots of time and money recruiting and wooing new employees and as soon as they start we turn around and treat them like barely welcome strangers. We need to begin looking at recruiting as only half of the task of …

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The New Hire Orientation “ToolKit” – 64 tips you can use tomorrow

There have been several posts lately (HRNET) on how to improve Orientation. Through my work in retention, I have found that poor orientation can increase “buyers remorse” and thus increase turnover. Below are some orientation tools you might find a welcome addition to what you currently do. Not all tools work in every situation so put together your own mix …

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