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Effective Onboarding: How to Engage, Motivate and Retain New Hires

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Quite some misunderstanding abounds among organizations about onboarding of new hires. Despite being one of the most critical activities for HR, it is misconceived as consisting of only induction and orientation. Although important in themselves, induction and orientation are only part of the onboarding process. Onboarding starts with the induction of the new hires, but its core consists of the issues that matter most to an organization: acclimatizing and acculturating the new employee.

Onboarding is not a onetime task. It is a series of steps that could take quite some time, sometimes even months. This is the period in which the new hire gets to understand everything about the organization, such as its business, its policies, its expectations, and most importantly, its culture. It is only when there is a cultural fit that it can be said that there is a level of compatibility between the employee and the organization. HR’s aim should be to bring this about.

How does it do it? This is the learning a valuable webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources areas, is imparting at a webinar it is organizing on May 13.

Marcia Zidle, the CEO of Leaders At All Levels, will be the speaker at this sixty-minute webinar. Please visit http://bit.ly/2PPvJU2 to register for this webinar, which has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).


Getting the onboarding right is the surest means to retaining talent, because if there is disharmony at the onboarding, the instinct for most employees is to quit and seek greener pastures. This is borne out by the following facts:

  • When the onboarding process goes wrong, one third of new hires look to quit the organization in only six months of joining
  • Lack of a motivating and inspiring onboarding process is seen to be the foundation for the reason for which one third of the new executive hires fail to meet their targets
  • Lack of the right onboarding process results in an organization losing up to two out of every three new talents in just four years, at the current annual turnover rate of 10-15%.

That positive and well created and nurtured onboarding is the antidote to these ills is affirmed by a study by The Aberdeen Group, which concluded in no equivocal terms that proper onboarding can help retain 70 percent of the new leadership talents, although the contents of these programs could vary from one organization to another.

Deep and clear understanding of how to get the onboarding process right

In the course of imparting an understanding of the ins and outs of the onboarding process, Marcia will cover the following areas at webinar:

  • Learn six mistakes to avoid in your new hire onboarding process
  • Identify the 4 C’s: The building blocks of an effective onboarding program
  • Recognize the difference between orientation and onboarding: They are not the same
  • Review the six best practices, with real-world examples, for implementing an onboarding program in your organization
  • Understand the responsibilities of three key stakeholders: Executive management, human resources, the new hire’s manager.

All the personnel in organizations who are stakeholders in retaining the new hires, such as CEO’s, COO’s, VP of Human Resources, Chief Learning Officer, Directors, Project Managers, Operation Managers and Supervisors, Team Leaders, and Staff Managers and Supervisors, will benefit immensely from this webinar.


About the speaker: A board certified executive coach, Marcia works with executives, management teams and high potential professionals. Marcia is the author of “The Effective Manager: What Really Works” handbooks and “Career Savvy: Life Preservers for Today’s Rough Seas and Tomorrow’s Raging Waters”.

She is the host of The Business Edge, a weekly internet radio show on the business channel of Voice America Media, giving practical advice to executives and managers on how to take their company, firm or practice to that next level with less stress and more success.


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What’s New in Onboarding


Interviews are only a part of the onboarding process. The onboarding process includes the interview, as well as the induction process, the training, plus much else. In other words, it is the means by which the new hires are acclimatized into the organizational culture. So, it is very crucial to create a positive impression into the new hires about the organization. This is the primary objective of an onboarding process.

This is also the reason for which the onboarding process should not be carried out clumsily. If done this way, the gains of the interview process would go on to get neutralized and undone. This is something that organizations need to avoid if they have to get the new talent to take off and grow into the organization.

When done right, a proper onboarding process can fill the organization’s bottom line to the tune of millions of dollars. However, getting it wrong can wreck the bottom line. This is why HR should develop and implement a well thought-out process that matches employee expectations.

Want to learn the ways of designing, developing and implementing an effective onboarding program with which employees become fully engaged, productive and successful in quick time? Then, a learning session from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources industry, is just right for you.

This session, which TrainHR is organizing on May 9, brings the highly respected Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and thought leader, Lynn Ware, as the expert at this session. To derive the benefit of the rich experience that Dr. Ware brings into this topic, register for this sixty-minute session by visiting http://bit.ly/2VUcsTI

This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).


The essence of this learning is the knowledge that Dr. Ware will impart about the current best practices in onboarding and the ways of organizing the new hire experience to build commitment, confidence and competence. She will also explain how current day technologies, such as online gaming, and mobile applications can be integrated into the onboarding process to improve the engagement and inspire the new talent to quickly grasp the knowledge and skills they need to perform in the new job.


This learning will help participants of this webinar to adapt ways by which they can rapidly contribute to the achievement of the organization’s desired business results. Incorporating these strategies will help participating organizations implement the latest in onboarding technology.

This webinar is aimed at benefiting all the personnel who are involved in the onboarding process, and these include Human Resource Professionals, HR Generalists, Managers, Supervisors, Leaders, Executives, Talent Managers, and Retention Consultants.

Dr. Ware will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Turn your onboarding event into a 90 day process
  • Engage your new hires in learning the required skills quickly and easily
  • Use technology to streamline new hire logistics and help them learn new job skills in an engaging and interesting way
  • Ensure team cohesion and support for new hires by involving key team members in the process
  • Maximize new hire productivity by ensuring candidates have the tools to “pre-board”
  • Increase the retention of all new hires and reduce their turnover during the first year on the job
  • How to design a 90-day onboarding process that reduces the time it takes to get new employees up to speed
  • How to provide your virtual organization with the mobile application for tablets and smartphones
  • How to design and develop the content and learning activities to be used on the gaming platform
  • How to use manager, buddy and new employee checklists in the process
  • How to measure the business impact and contribution your new onboarding process delivers
  • Innovative case examples
  • Your Questions.


About the speaker: Dr. Ware is the CEO and President at Integral Talent Systems, Inc. She has designed, developed and implemented career development systems in partnership with several Best Place to Work organizations such as Google and Scripps Medical Center.

Dr. Ware has experience designing, implementing and measuring a wide variety of integrated talent management solutions in the consumer products, energy, financial services, health care, technology, manufacturing and retail industries.

She is frequently quoted on trends in talent management in numerous publications such as the Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, Harvard Business Review, and Computer World magazine, and has been featured several times on CNN as a global talent management expert.