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.