Today – Win Column

We had a new team member begin today.  For me, it is always kind of fun to help someone new start.  Maybe I have been in consulting too long.

Why I like to do on-boarding – I am good at it and it is completely measurable.  Value-Add is measurable.

If I can have someone new up and running, self-sufficient at the end of the first week – that is phenomenal!

It is easy when we bring on someone who has been contracting before – they ‘get’ it.

A new hire cannot be expected to do anything if they can’t access the tools – this includes knowing where they sit and ease of building access.  It is possible, although challenging.

It is so pleasant when the new team member remembers how painful on-boarding can be.

This year started out rough.  The first team member on-boarded after the mighty upheaval in organizational processes was more than a little painful.  It was so bad earlier this year that tears were shed.  That shall not happen again, on my watch.  It was a horrendously painful experience for everyone involved.   Save the drama!  My first goal is to eliminate externally caused drama, whenever possible.

A post-dramatic-event-root-cause-analysis identified plenty of process improvement opportunities for future team changes.

Today’s completely successful ‘one and done’ kind of on-board clearly identifies the value of the process improvements implemented.

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