July 1, 2009


Employee orientation, now referred to as onboarding is a human resource tool that may be repurposed to re-orient employees to their companies. Onboarding is a systematic approach to integrate a new employee with the company. It is a process that is frequently overlooked or poorly executed. However, when onboarding is done effectively, employees become productive faster and voluntary turnover is lower. There is a great deal of evidence that onboarding increases employee engagement. The process is designed to reduce stress of the new employee, familiarize the employee with the company’s culture, products, procedures and how their job functions contribute. Watson […]
January 1, 2008

The New Supervisor

Top performers are generally spotted as management material. These employees are offered an opportunity to step up when a management position becomes available. It’s viewed as a reward, as a method to keep the top performer engaged and to grow talent within the organization. The reality of losing the department’s top performer is quickly felt by the management team. This often gives rise to the new supervisor becoming a working manager; one who is asked to continue performing in the previous position, in addition to assuming overall departmental goals and personnel supervision. Most new supervisors believe they will have authority […]
October 1, 2007

A Great First Impression

A new employee’s perception of the organization will be formed within their first few days of employment. The best message to send is one that is genuine, and indicates that employees are valued and supported. Most companies have an orientation program in place. Nearly half of all companies have Human Resource Departments that are responsible for coordinating the program and process. Many programs involve top management. The two objectives of an orientation program are to welcome and to train the new employee. Welcoming new employees to a company reduces the stress of a new job. The focus is on the […]