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Saturday Shoutout!!! Onboarding

Saturday Shoutout!!! Onboarding

Issue 1 | Number 5 | 31 March 2012

Graphics: © 2011 SFGYC.com

Quote of the Week – “In every phenomenon, the beginning remains always the most notable moment.” – Thomas Carlyle

This weeks discussion looks at onboarding. As there is always confusion about what onboarding is and how it should be implemented within a business, I have provided some critical questions about onboarding before providing an insight to the true concepts of onboarding.

What is onboarding? Is there any difference between induction and onboarding? What is the link between talent management and onboarding?  The answer lines in the following definitions and blog posts which provide clarification.  Onboarding has been defined as:

“… a strategic, deliberate business process to enable, facilitate, and assure that each employee is successfully immersed into the company culture, quality, and operational systems” Director, USA Medical Device Company (2008 Aberdeen Group Onboarding Study)

“… a guided process which effectively delivers – to the prospective employee, their manager and the HR function – the necessary information, tasks and acknowledgements required to ensure a productive day-one start …with continued momentum during the critical period when a new employee decides to stay at the job” Enwisen

“… the process should increase the new hire’s excitement about joining the Fox Team and should be easy, fun and informative.” Fox Communications

This week I have sourced a number of blogs which will provide you with additional insight.  Read on …

#1 Alternative On-Boarding: Getting Employees Happy on Day One, Talent Management

Now imagine a job where on the first day, after you learned where the bathroom was, you were given the chance to actually contribute to the job and not be forced to drown in an endless pool of mundane and hair-pulling procedural nonsense.

#2 Creating an Onboarding Plan, The HR Bartender

Unfortunately, in many companies, orientation has become that half-day event where employees sign paperwork and review the employee handbook. That’s sad, because employees need and deserve more.

#3 Why Onboarding Users Matters HR Tech Europe

Most employers care about their new employees. Like duh… of course they do. In my humble opinion, you can judge the quality of a company in the way they onboard new talent. The process, the content, the vibe, etc… if your onboarding regiment sucks… you should probably fix that… like right away fix that.

#4 Can You Onboard Employees in Half the Time? Human Capital Institute

Getting new employees up to speed is one of the toughest jobs hiring managers face. Failure can lead to unfilled needs, unhappy recruits, and, ultimately, the failure to meet vital business goals. A recent e-brief by HCI shows how you may be able to onboard in half the time.

#5 How to Build an Onboarding Plan for a New Hire, Inc.

Managers are often so driven to recruit talented workers that they neglect to think about what will happen once the new hire arrives ready to work. Big mistake.

Next week’s blog – Mentoring

About the Author                                                                                                                      Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout. Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Architect’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.

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