How to build an effective employee onboarding system

March 20, 2017

I get to see teams of all shapes and sizes in my work helping organizations find their key staff. One of the common threads I’ve noticed in the most successful teams I’ve met is effective onboarding. When you’re an entrepreneur, slowing down for a few..

Back to the basics: Nine simple steps for smarter hiring

March 16, 2017

In today’s business climate, we professionals are working longer, juggling more tasks, and finding ourselves with more to do than there are hours in the day. That’s why hiring often finds itself a relegated task — viewed as an unpleasant inconvenience. We understand that we..

The 3 most common — and costly — hiring mistakes

March 7, 2017

Most organizations are intimately familiar with their cost-to-hire metrics. With the job market in many sectors the most competitive it has been in years, human resources and hiring professionals understand the urgency that such intense competition creates. They want to attract great candidates, smoothly and..

First impressions are critical to keeping hold of staff

March 2, 2017

At logistics company DHL, initiating new staff starts long before they show up for work. First, they are sent their contract in an attractive folder. Next, two weeks before they are due to begin, they receive a package called DHL in a Box. This includes..

Employee onboarding – What’s your plan?

February 23, 2017

HR – that department within a company that is responsible for so many things – recruitment, employment, policy manuals, training and development, performance evaluation structures, terminations/outboarding, and more. And for small businesses, all of these functions fall upon the single owner. Consider the time it..

Seven tips to avoid the costs of high turnover

February 14, 2017

One challenge businesses face is employee turnover: Time and resources spent getting a staff member up to speed can vanish quickly when that person decides to pursue other opportunities. It’s been reported, for example, that it can cost more than 30% of an annual salary..

How to use blended learning for onboarding

February 8, 2017

Losing new recruits within the first year or two is expensive. Yet many businesses are not doing what’s required to welcome and motivate newcomers and make them feel confident about having joined the right company. If your intent is long term retention of talent, you..

Seven new onboarding strategies you’ll see this year

January 31, 2017

According to a study from Equifax, more than half of all employees who left their job in the past year did so within the first 12 months. To counter this problem, more and more companies are turning their efforts toward retention, and that starts with..

Insight: Onboarding is gateway to engagement

January 24, 2017

How do organizations welcome new employees into their established workforce? Does the new hire come to an empty workstation with a first day filled with overwhelming paperwork and orientation videos, or is there a deliberate and well thought out plan for setting expectations, explaining duties,..

How to set up new hires for success in their first 90 days

January 16, 2017

As President-elect Donald Trump steps into office in January, he’ll likely come with a 100-day plan, like the presidents before him. Historically, the “first 100 days” in office is a critical time for the president to set the tone for their time in office, bring..