Onboarding: How to Get Your New Employees Up to Speed in Half the Time

Overview

Getting new employees up to speed is one of the toughest jobshiring managers face. Failure can lead to unfilled needs, unhappyrecruits, and, ultimately, the failure to meet vital businessgoals.

In Onboarding, top executive transition consultantsGeorge Bradt and Mary Vonnegut help you recruit great employees,orient them to your business culture and goals, and enable them tostart contributing immediately. Even better, the Total OnboardingProgram ...

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Overview

Getting new employees up to speed is one of the toughest jobshiring managers face. Failure can lead to unfilled needs, unhappyrecruits, and, ultimately, the failure to meet vital businessgoals.

In Onboarding, top executive transition consultantsGeorge Bradt and Mary Vonnegut help you recruit great employees,orient them to your business culture and goals, and enable them tostart contributing immediately. Even better, the Total OnboardingProgram lets you get your new employees on track in half the normaltime.

The Total Onboarding Program can dramatically improve theperformance, fit, and readiness of every person who takes on a newrole in your organization. As a result, onboarding helps build,sustain, and perpetuate high-performing teams and leads tosustained, organization-wide competitive advantage. With deliberatepractice and the right tools, you'll succeed at every step of theonboarding process:

  • Preparing for your new employee's success before you even startto recruit
  • Finding a powerful slate of potential candidates
  • Creating a personal onboarding plan with your new employee
  • Making your new employee ready, eager, and able to do real workon day one
  • Speeding the development of importantworking relationships
  • Providing the right resources, support, and follow-through fornew employees

Each chapter of Onboarding includes forms, checklists,and other tools to help you make your way through the entireonboarding process with efficiency and effectiveness. You'll haveall the resources you need to eliminate hiring mistakes and badfits, improve employee retention, and align new employees with keybusiness strategies.

For business leaders and hiring managers who want well-trained,responsive, efficient, and effective employees, Onboardinghelps you get the very best from every new employee.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470485811
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 733,252
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

George Bradt is founder and Managing Director ofPrimeGenesis, the premier executive transitionconsultancy. He waspreviously anexecutive at Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Disney,Coca-Cola, and J.D. Power and Associates. He is also the author ofThe New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan, from Wiley.

Mary Vonnegut is a Partner in PrimeGenesis. She wasformerly president of a retail operation, senior vice president ofmarketing at Hanover Direct, and worked as a management consultant.She has launched new businesses, built marketing departments fromthe ground up, and crafted growth strategies.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

PART I PREPARE FOR YOUR NEW EMPLOYEE’S SUCCESSBEFORE YOU START RECRUITING.

CHAPTER 1 Understand the Organization-Wide Benefits ofa Total Onboarding Program: An Executive Summary.

CHAPTER 2 Clarify Your Destination and Messages to theCandidate and the Organization.

2.1 Purpose and Priorities (Downloadable).

2.2 Onboarding Track Record (Downloadable).

2.3 Messages (Downloadable).

CHAPTER 3 Craft Your Time Line, Write a RecruitingBrief, and Align Your Stakeholders.

3.1 Total Onboarding Program Time Line (Downloadable).

3.2 Recruiting Brief (Downloadable).

PART II RECRUIT IN A WAY THAT REINFORCES YOURMESSAGES.

CHAPTER 4 Create a Powerful Slate of PotentialCandidates.

4.1 Employment Brand (Downloadable).

4.2 Candidate Sourcing (Downloadable).

4.3 Candidate Tracking (Downloadable).

CHAPTER 5 Evaluate Candidates Against the RecruitingBrief While Pre-Selling and Pre-Boarding.

5.1 On-Site Interview Day Plan (Downloadable).

5.2 Interview Guide (Downloadable).

5.3 Interview Debrief (Downloadable).

5.4 Reference/Background Check (Downloadable).

CHAPTER 6 Make the Right Offer, and Close the RightSale the Right Way.

6.1 Offer Closing Process (Downloadable).

PART III GIVE YOUR NEW EMPLOYEE A BIG HEAD STARTBEFORE DAY ONE.

CHAPTER 7 Co-Create a Personal Onboarding Plan withYour New Employee.

7.1 Personal Onboarding Plan (Downloadable).

7.2 Onboarding Conversation Guide (Downloadable).

CHAPTER 8 Manage the Announcement to Set Your NewEmployee Up for Success.

8.1 Announcement Cascade (Downloadable).

CHAPTER 9 Do What It Takes to Make Your New EmployeeReady, Eager, and Able to Do Real Work on Day One.

9.1 Accommodation Checklist (Downloadable).

PART IV ENABLE AND INSPIRE YOUR NEW EMPLOYEE TODELIVER BETTER RESULTS FASTER.

CHAPTER 10 Make Positive First Impressions BothWays.

10.1 Pseudonewcomer Audit (Downloadable).

10.2 New Employee as Valued Customer (Downloadable).

CHAPTER 11 Speed Development of Important WorkingRelationships.

11.1 Assimilation Checklist (Downloadable).

CHAPTER 12 Provide Resources, Support, andFollow-Through.

12.1 New Manager Assimilation (Downloadable).

12.2 Acceleration Checklist (Downloadable).

APPENDICES.

APPENDIX I Organization-Wide Transformation.

APPENDIX II Sourcing Candidates on the Web.

Notes.

Glossary.

References.

About the Guest Experts.

About the Authors.

Index.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

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    Good tools and techniques to onboard new employees

    Many new hires do not last longer than six months. One out of two new employees fails to meet the organization's expectations. Why? Often, employers make little or no effort to acclimate these staffers to the job. Thus, their employees start off on the wrong foot, and many find it hard to "change course." However, George Bradt and Mary Vonnegut deliver a proven program you can use to help new workers become immediately productive. Bradt, founder and director of the executive-transition consultancy PrimeGenesis, and Vonnegut, a partner at the firm, bring considerable experience to the topic. getAbstract recommends their book's thoughtful approach to onboarding. Though the guide is poorly structured in parts, it provides easy-to-follow, practical advice for bringing people on board and keeping them there.

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