Fascinating Finds: Go Onboard Yourself, Why Don’t You?

July 28, 2015

When we first started understanding the value of good onboarding, I began compiling all kinds of research and data on the subject. I now have a massive repository of information filled with statistics and best practices—all to help companies be better at welcoming and acclimating their new team members. I compiled my learnings into an issue of RecogNation  and we have also segmented a part of the Baudville Blog to this meaty topic. Along the way, a funny thing happened: I stumbled on an article written by a faraway connection, who has, in the past, enthusiastically contributed to our blog. She had a different take: how to help employees be better at onboarding themselves.

I like this idea, but I’m not suggesting for a minute that any organization leave the responsibility of onboarding to their new hires; only that if new hires participate as much in the process, they have an even greater chance of success.

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With this in mind, I started seeking out “first day advice” articles, and, in the process, I realized that much of it could be turned around on the employer. I concluded that if you, as an organization, are looking for ideas on how to make those initial days and weeks better, you can learn a lot by looking at the guidance the experts are giving to young (and old) professionals. For this month’s Fascinating Finds post, I’ve narrowed down the best of the best for you to peruse.

  1. This first one is where it all started, with our friend Amy’s article: “First Week on the New Job. Yikes?”  She’s a career services guru at Berkeley College with more than 30 years of experience in the field. She knows all the ins and outs, from job seeking to job keeping. I trust her wisdom and you should, too!
  2. In this article, “Career Advice for Millennials (and Really, Anyone),” entrepreneur and author Margaret Heffernan stresses the importance of connection and building social capital. When I consider the close relationships I have with my co-workers, I couldn’t agree more. As an individual, it’s crucial to develop those bonds—and, as a company, it’s crucial for you to facilitate those bonding experiences.
  3. Learning the unwritten rules, seeking out a mentor, knowing where the go-to lunch and errand spots are near the office: these are some of the practical tips from the article “9 Things Successful People Do In The First Week Of A New Job.”  But, what if you were proactive as a company and provided those up front? Your new hires already have a lot on their plates; you’re the insider: do them a favor and give them the scoop!
  4. Asking for help: it isn’t just new hires who don’t raise a hand when they need a hand; most of us are guilty at one time or another of stubbornly struggling when a simple SOS call could put us at ease—just like that. Why? Pride. Wanting to prove our competence. Not wanting to be a nuisance. But, once we put all of that silliness aside, and get the answers and support we need, everything aligns. This article “Asking for Help When You're New to the Job” offers five ways to do just that while also keeping your reputation as the smartest person in the world intact.
  5. Talk about serendipity! I wasn’t even thinking about the changes going on inside the ‘Ville when I shortlisted this article “A Checklist for Someone About to Take on a Tougher Job." I chose it because I like the idea that onboarding can be necessary for those who may not be new to the company, but are new to a position or department. Huh. I never thought of that! And, we have exactly that situation here as Kim, Baudville’s Outbound Sales Manager, is currently transitioning to a new role as Director of Client Services for hi5. (She actually just wrote about this big change and you can read about it here!)  

    Well, what do you think? Did any of these articles inspire you to rethink your onboarding practices? Tell us about it in the comments section! Want to learn more about onboarding? Download our free eBook now!

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    Allison is currently living out the elaborate fantasy she described to her now-former staff and colleagues in early 2001. With a hearty dose of courage and absolutely no plan of action, she abruptly left her middle-management job to become a writer—and today she is doing just that in her role as Baudville's Senior Content Writer. She's here to tell you everything she's learned in her 20-years+ professional life, plus a lot more. She's wordy like that!

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