First100Days℠

4 mistakes new leaders make in the first 100 days of a job

July 17, 2017

The first 100 days of a new manager’s job is like an extended interview. Sure, they offered you the job, and you took it. But before the ink on paper is dry, you’re already being scrutinized, assessed, approved, or rejected  by a much larger group..

Your new hires won’t succeed unless you onboard them properly

July 13, 2017

It used to be that onboarding was a process of just a few days, but new research shows that spending as much as a year helping new employees get up to speed in the workplace is necessary to capitalize on the skills, knowledge, and excitement..

Why MailChimp doesn’t let new hires work for their first week

July 6, 2017

When new folks join a company, most are itching to get to work. They’ve probably been through a bunch of interviews and feel excited to dig into something new. It’s the same with hiring managers: After a long hiring process, making an offer, and setting..

3 steps to giving new team members the ‘best first day ever’

June 28, 2017

Any teenager who has ever had to change schools can share the pain and stress of finding new friends and becoming a trusted member of a new group. Childhood is filled with many instances of joining tight-knit groups and feeling like an outsider, including playing..

Breathe new life into your formal onboarding process

June 21, 2017

There are two obvious ways to approach onboarding: by using a formal process or an informal process. However, each of these strategies sends a distinct message to the new hire, so it’s important to understand the differences between them. On one hand, informal onboarding is..

Onboarding and corporate cultures are not about ‘sink or swim’

June 15, 2017

The facts on employee retention are sobering at best. Nearly one-third of all employees are actively disengaged, and more than half see themselves jumping ship within a year of starting a new job. Despite measures to improve workplaces and offer better benefits, these numbers have..

CEO of AOL explains a smart way to spend your first 100 days in a big new job

June 6, 2017

When Tim Armstrong left a successful job as an executive at Google to be CEO of AOL in 2009, he stepped into a company that was largely demoralized. AOL “was something that everyone had given up on, but they had a lot of resources, a..

Passing the honeymoon period

June 1, 2017

Joining a new team or company, or taking on a new role is both an opportunity and a time of potential vulnerability. Here are five tips to ensure that your “honeymoon period” is one that results in long term success. 1. Start as you intend..

How to successfully transition into a new leadership role

May 24, 2017

In these turbulent times, the challenges for a new leader are many and varied – but one of the biggest can be surviving the early days and making a success of the transition period in a new role. You’re going to need a bigger boat..

What does poor onboarding really do to your team?

May 17, 2017

Getting your new hires started off on the right foot requires more than just offering them a quick tour of the office and sending them on their way. Giving employees the best chance at future success requires a successful and thorough onboarding program, according to..