Employers generally stink at welcoming new employees into the fold. I know this partially because I’ve been “brought on board” several times throughout my career; but I know this mostly because I’ve watched HR departments botch it up time and time again. It usually goes something like this: spend a whole day in a conference room while a parade of characters attempts to tell you absolutely everything you ‘need to know’ about the company; they pepper you with new acronyms, shower you with paperwork, and read from a seemingly endless deck of power-point slides – the first iteration of which was made in 1985. And at the end of the day, you leave with a nice glaze over your eyes and a rusty nail hammered through your temple. It’s a wonder anyone ever comes back for day 2…
The good news – and there is always good news – is that there are some pretty cool developments taking place in the world of on-boarding. Social is one of them. Think about it: much of what it really takes to get up the learning curve doesn’t come from some dusty old policy and procedural manual. It comes from what you learn from the people around you. It’s about what they share when you’re social with them: the secret handshake, the unwritten rules, skeletons in the closet, and the sacred cows.
SocialText has a platform that helps organizations incorporate social goodness into much of its business process – including onboarding. And they’re offering a pretty good FREE on-demand webinar on some of this goodness. Here’s an abstract:
Social networking has been part of the recruiting landscape for some time, but as prospective hires become employees, companies are using social tools to streamline work processes associated with onboarding new hires.
- Pre-distributing benefits and learning materials
- Facilitating employee introductions and collaboration prior to new hire orientation
- Pinpointing mentors and birds of a feather
- Using 360º performance reviews and transparency of actions to provide true measure of employee success
I’d really recommend you check the webinar out. It was enlightening to me…and I’m guessing it will be to you too. Click on the button below to gain access (and watch at your convenience!)…
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