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Wondering If You Should Outsource Your Training?


Training and devlopment of your people is vitally important to your organization's success.  

Your people are your greatest asset- and having them #workhappy and operating at optimum efficiency, productivity and with great engagement and satisfaction pays dividends for both your employees and your organization for years to come.

However, many organizations either:

  1. Don't pay much attention to training and developing their people because they don't have the manpower, the budget, or the know-how.
  2. Incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in overhead costs to employ a full time training department- and year after year have to justify its existance in a cost-cutting environment.
  3. Underestimate the importance and effectiveness of world-class training to the overall health of their organization.
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ROLE 360: Is This Missing From Your Employee Onboarding Process?

What is a ROLE 360?  

ROLE 360 is a best practice during the new employee onboarding process where new employees are introduced to their role, and those roles in a 360 degree radius.

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New Hire Orientation Toolkit: 8 Essential Resources

NEW HIRE ORIENTATION TOOLKIT

Having designed new employee onboarding and new hire orientation programs for clients across the country and industries, we set out to share our knowledge on various aspects of the onboarding process. From "what it is and why it's important" to "how to set up a training room for maximum engagement", you'll find a plethora of useful information in our toolkit.

Navigating the new hire orientation process can be a daunting task...and that's if you're the new employee!!  It is even bigger if you are the leader assigned the responsibility: human resources manager, hiring manager, operations leader, training manager, or department lead for example.   

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How to Sell Senior Leaders on Executing New Employee Orientation

You see the value and benefit of world-class new employee orientation and onboarding for your organization. You know the direct correlation such efforts have on employee engagement, productivity and the bottom line.

Yet, you are running up against leaders who don’t see the value in taking the time to support, attend, talk about, or make resources available for new employee orientation (NEO) or a winning employee onboarding process.

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6 Secrets to a Winning Employee Onboarding Process [INFOGRAPHIC]

Does your organization know the secrets to executing an effective employee onboarding program?

Whether you are creating a new program, or upgrading and existing one, these secrets will help you create a winning employee onboarding process.

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3 Tactics You (Likely) Aren't Using In Your New Employee Orientation

The goal of a new employee orientation program is to welcome your new-hires in a manner that makes them not only convinced that they chose the right organization, but also emotionally committed to your organization and its mission. 

An emotional connection and belief in the organization's purpose outlasts potential bumps in the road (such as a care-less supervisor, or an unanticipated pay freeze).  There is no single "magic bullet"that will achieve this goal, yet there are many thoughtfully designed "wow's" that when executed collectively will create the world-class result you are trying to achieve.

Here are 3 simple examples of what organization's aren't doing, and if they did would be on their way to world-class: 

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4 Bottom Line Reasons to Improve Your New Employee Orientation

Have you considered how implementing a more effective New Employee Orientation program could improve your bottom line?

Definition: New Employee Orientation, or NEO, is the process through which new employees become introduced to the social, cultural and performance norms and expectations of their new organization.

Four or more hours of NEO reduces employee turnover by an average of 20%.  Reduced turnover is one of the myriad bottom line benefits resulting from effective NEO; a vital element of the employee onboarding process.  While most organizations will have employees complete the necessary paperwork and introduce them to their work space or location as their onboarding, the most effective and successful onboardings include a well-designed NEO.   

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New Employee Orientation: A Key Element of Employee Onboarding

 

What is New Employee Orientation? 

5,148,000 people were hired across the US in December 2014.  What’s more important is that theoretically, 5,148,000 people were onboarded- or participated in their organization’s New Employee Orientation- in this, or any given month across the United States.  With such high potential opportunity for activity and impact, what exactly is New Employee Orientation, or (NEO)?

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New Employee Orientation: Are You Too Square?

Seating arrangements matter- at social events, staff meetings and yes, new employee orientation.

The next time you are dining at a sit-down restaurant, take a moment to notice the difference in conversation and engagement levels between parties seated at a rectangular table, in a straight line, shoulder to shoulder- and those seated at a round table.  I would bet your dinner bill that the vibe at the round table is more engaging and energetic than the vibe at the long table.

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Who is Facilitating Your New Employee Orientation, and Why?

Yes, please shoot the messenger...or, just replace him with someone better qualified!

Who have you chosen to welcome new hires

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