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Onboarding: How to Get Your New Employees Up to Speed in Half the Time Hardcover – September 8, 2009
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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.
In Onboarding, top executive transition consultants George Bradt and Mary Vonnegut help you recruit great employees, orient them to your business culture and goals, and enable them to start contributing immediately. Even better, the Total Onboarding Program lets you get your new employees on track in half the normal time.
The Total Onboarding Program can dramatically improve the performance, fit, and readiness of every person who takes on a new role in your organization. As a result, onboarding helps build, sustain, and perpetuate high-performing teams and leads to sustained, organization-wide competitive advantage. With deliberate practice and the right tools, you'll succeed at every step of the onboarding process:
- Preparing for your new employee's success before you even start to 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 work on day one
- Speeding the development of importantworking relationships
- Providing the right resources, support, and follow-through for new employees
Each chapter of Onboarding includes forms, checklists, and other tools to help you make your way through the entire onboarding process with efficiency and effectiveness. You'll have all the resources you need to eliminate hiring mistakes and bad fits, improve employee retention, and align new employees with key business strategies.
For business leaders and hiring managers who want well-trained, responsive, efficient, and effective employees, Onboarding helps you get the very best from every new employee.
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Praise for Onboarding
"A must-read for anyone bringing someone new into theirorganization—if they're serious about setting them up for success!Well organized, easy to understand and implement."
—Andy Kriz, Director, The Human Capital Institute
"This book shows you the MOST successful way to ensurenew recruits deliver for you. It's filled with practical tips.Why would you settle for anything less?"
—Robert Rigby-Hall, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, LexisNexis Group
"Onboarding provides the framework and tools to rapidlyembrace new employees and position them for success.A must-read for high-performing organizations."
—Tom Colligan, Vice Dean of Executive Education, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
"This is an invaluable resource for anyone bringing newtalent into an organization. The up-front thinking and easy-to-usetools are key to making any external search a success."
—Alan Cork, Executive Director, Russell Reynolds Associates Inc.
"PrimeGenesis has done it again. Their new book presents a completelydifferent and clearly better way to manage the whole process of recruiting,jump-starting, and managing new employees. Hard to imagine anyonereading this book and not deploying its tools. Don't even think about startingto recruit anyone else until you've read this book."
—Kenneth Beck, Chief Executive Officer, The CEO Connection
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Top customer reviews
Its intended audience is also a bit unclear. I think it was written primarily for hiring managers, but unless you are a small or medium business (proprietor), I really can't imagine any hiring manager ever reading this book. But if the intended audience was for HR managers, then this is just way too basic.
"I am recommending it as a must-read manual for healthcare executives who want to succeed in an increasingly challenging climate.
"If you are an executive recruiter, and you are not up to speed on TOP, you are missing an important opportunity to take your performance to the next level."
"We've found that 40% of executives hired at the senior level are pushed out, fail or quit within 18 months....," says Kevin Kelly CEO of Heidrick and Struggles, an executive search firm. Also, "...as many as 50% of new employees fail to deliver on what their organizations expect (Topgrading by Brad Smart quoted in Onboarding, p. 5). Now, if those aren't attention getters, I'm not sure what is. Having watched this phenomenon up close from within organizations and from the outside as an executive coach, this cultural phenomenon might be one of the biggest issues facing executive leadership in organizations today, including the federal government. In fact, the authors note that such costly executive exits are caused by four key failures:
--A role failure (people are unclear about their new role);
--a personal failure (lack of ability or fit by the new person);
--a relationship failure (early missteps with critical colleagues);
--an engagement failure (missed opportunities in the early days).
The authors have pulled together a very readable guide for any organization wanting to recruit and retain top talent. Their simple overview instructions:
1. Align (agreement on need for the position);
2. Acquire (recruit the best person for the job);
3. Accommodate (give new recruit the tools for success); Assimilate (help them get to know others quickly);
4. Accelerate (assist them to deliver results quicker).
So many careers are made, and unfortunately broken, in the very early days, often before the employee even steps into the building because of critical onboarding oversights. The corporate landscape is FULL of such unfortunate failures. And the cost is huge. Research out of Harvard shows the cost to be staggering for companies, and the destruction it does to improperly onboarded employees is devastating.
Get this book and use it before you bring another employee on board.