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

Book Description

A guide to getting new employees recruited, oriented, and productive—FAST

"Onboarding," a growing trend in the business community, is a focused methodology that gets people in new roles up to speed quickly and efficiently. This book guides you through a process that enables you to recruit, orient, and enable your new employees to get the job done. Learn how to inspire and encourage your new employees to deliver better results faster.

George Bradt and Mary Vonnegut's Onboarding helps ensure that your new employees are productive and efficient from day one. You'll learn how to help them assimilate into your corporate culture and accelerate their learning.

  • Onboarding is one of the hottest trends in business

  • This is the first book about onboarding

  • George Bradt is a leading speaker and consultant, and the author of The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan

For business leaders and managers who want well-trained, responsive, efficient, and effective employees, Onboarding helps you get the best from your new employees.

Table of Contents

  1. Praise
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. PART I - PREPARE FOR YOUR NEW EMPLOYEE’S SUCCESS BEFORE YOU START RECRUITING
    1. CHAPTER 1 - Understand the Organization-Wide Benefits of a Total Onboarding ...
      1. Part I: Prepare for Your New Employee’s Success Before You Start Recruiting
      2. Part II: Recruit in a Way That Reinforces Your Messages
      3. Part III: Give Your New Employee a Big Head Start Before Day One
      4. Part IV: Enable and Inspire Your New Employee to Deliver Better Results Faster
    2. CHAPTER 2 - Clarify Your Destination and Messages to the Candidate and the Organization
      1. Now What?
      2. Start by Stopping
      3. First, Your Destination
      4. Examine What You’ve Done Before So You Can Do Better This Time
      5. Stop—Do Not Pass Go Without Clear Messaging
      6. Summary and Indicated Actions
      7. Focus
    3. CHAPTER 3 - Craft Your Time Line, Write a Recruiting Brief, and Align Your Stakeholders
      1. Plan Part A: Frame a Total Onboarding Program Time Line
      2. Plan Part B: Put the Wheels in Motion with Your Recruiting Brief
      3. Align Your Stakeholders Around Your Total Onboarding Plan
      4. Summary and Indicated Actions
      5. Focus
  6. PART II - RECRUIT IN A WAY THAT REINFORCES YOUR MESSAGES
    1. CHAPTER 4 - Create a Powerful Slate of Potential Candidates
      1. The Value of a Slate
      2. Summary and Indicated Actions
      3. Focus
    2. CHAPTER 5 - Evaluate Candidates Against the Recruiting Brief While Pre-Selling ...
      1. Section I—Pre-Sell While You Buy
      2. Section II—The Evaluation Process
      3. Summary and Indicated Actions
      4. Focus
    3. CHAPTER 6 - Make the Right Offer, and Close the Right Sale the Right Way
      1. We Want You—But We’re Not Going to Tell You
      2. Summary and Indicated Actions
      3. Focus
  7. PART III - GIVE YOUR NEW EMPLOYEE A BIG HEAD START BEFORE DAY ONE
    1. CHAPTER 7 - Co-Create a Personal Onboarding Plan with Your New Employee
      1. Pre-work—Stakeholders
      2. Planning Meeting
      3. Listen
      4. Hand Off the Plan
      5. Summary and Indicated Actions
      6. Focus
      7. Personal Onboarding Plan Instructions (for the Hiring Manager to Give to the ...
    2. CHAPTER 8 - Manage the Announcement to Set Your New Employee Up for Success
      1. Map the Stakeholders
      2. Clarify the Messages
      3. Lock in the Timing and Wording of the Official Announcement
      4. Determine Who You’re Going to Talk to Before and After the Announcement, When ...
      5. Implement, Track, and Adjust
      6. Summary and Indicated Actions
      7. Focus
    3. CHAPTER 9 - Do What It Takes to Make Your New Employee Ready, Eager, and Able ...
      1. Accommodation
      2. Clarify Accommodation Needs and Expectations
      3. Post Information in an Easily Accessible Place
      4. Share Your Onboarding Plan
      5. Prepare an Appropriate Work Area
      6. Complete Administrative and Technical Setup Before Day One
      7. Get an Assistant Settled and in Place
      8. Line Up a Mentor, Coach, or Transition Accelerator
      9. Push New Employees to Complete Personal Setup Before Day One
      10. Summary and Indicated Actions
      11. Focus
  8. PART IV - ENABLE AND INSPIRE YOUR NEW EMPLOYEE TO DELIVER BETTER RESULTS FASTER
    1. CHAPTER 10 - Make Positive First Impressions Both Ways
      1. Showtime
      2. Constituency 1: Your Organization
      3. Constituency 2: Your New Employee
      4. Summary and Indicated Actions
    2. CHAPTER 11 - Speed Development of Important Working Relationships
      1. Assimilation Is About Adjusting to the Culture
      2. Who You Know versus What You Know
      3. Who Serves Whom?
      4. Assimilation as a Predictor of Success
      5. New Employees Need Your Help, Not Just Your Encouragement
      6. Cherish the Differences
      7. Cross-Border Assimilation
      8. Technology Can Help
      9. Periodic Check-Ins
      10. Summary and Indicated Actions
      11. Focus
    3. CHAPTER 12 - Provide Resources, Support, and Follow-Through
      1. Building Blocks of a High-Performing Team
      2. Summary and Indicated Actions
      3. Focus
      4. Follow-Through
  9. APPENDIX I - Organization-Wide Transformation
  10. APPENDIX II - Sourcing Candidates on the Web
  11. NOTES
  12. GLOSSARY
  13. REFERENCES
  14. ABOUT THE GUEST EXPERTS
  15. ABOUT THE AUTHORS
  16. INDEX