7 Valuable Onboarding Messages That Will Help New Hires

Posted by Cathy Reilly on May 31, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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As new hires go through your onboarding process, they learn about how the organization is structured, become familiar with their new team and are tasked with early goals to launch their development.

While we may be progressing in our onboarding processes, are we equally progressing in what we communicate to new hires? Essentially, employees want to know they are seen as individuals, they matter and will be well supported to grow - things found beyond a paycheck.  

Here are 7 valuable onboarding messages for new hires that help support the things employees seek from their new work experience.

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Topics: Onboarding, Recruiting & Hiring, Management, Human Resources, Training

5 Things Every Temp Should Know About Your Company

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Mar 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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Temporary employees are unrealized assets when placed for the first time inside a company. While it’s worthwhile to have a temp fill a talent gap that exists, temps do bring something else with them upon their initial arrival, and that is a knowledge gap. There is simply no way around having to educate temps to get them up and running into productivity and familiarized into the culture at your company.

Since training temps can happen in a snapshot fashion over what permanent employees experience, carefully consider timeliness mixed with high impact. Create training for temps new to your company, that helps them gain perspective and a sense of purpose in the unfamiliar waters they are about to navigate. Provide temps with some basic wisdoms and a dose of rationale, which can be very powerful building blocks for better performance.

Here are 5 things every temp should know about your company when they start:

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Topics: Onboarding, Human Resources, Training, Employee Experience, Temporary Employees, Staffing Services

The Most Important Component of Any Onboarding Program

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Mar 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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One day years ago, I was walking in mid-town Manhattan on a lunch break and came upon a movie shoot with Robin Williams. There was only a small crowd gathered, so I stopped to watch. About ten minutes later, they broke and Robin immediately came over to sign autographs. He asked for a pen, no one replied, so I offered mine and he took it. He signed, joked away, then quickly wrapped up to get back on set. Before he did, he came over to me, smiled and said “Thanks a lot for the pen.” as he handed it back to me. It was very special and memorable for me. Why? Because he gave me a few moments of his direct attention.

That’s also what makes the difference and greater distinction when welcoming a new employee - our direct attention. It’s what I consider to be the most important part of onboarding a new hire. Sure, we are all busy and onboarding is a process, but taking the time to ensure focus is given to each new hire as an individual who matters when they join a company is golden.

Here are a few tips on how to give new hires attention:

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Topics: Employee Retention, Management, Human Resources, Training, Employee Experience

Are You Prepared For Employee Inboarding?

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Mar 13, 2018 9:14:25 AM

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A few weeks ago I wrote about the impact that artificial intelligence (What You Need to Know About AI and Women’s Jobs) will have on jobs, especially women’s job as work automation increases. While women may be more affected, all employees will be touched by AI directly or indirectly. As jobs change and get redefined through technology, employees must change. It will become commonplace to see employee roles change, which will bring in-house moves within the company. HR will find itself having to focus on building a new workforce internally through retraining, upskilling, and reassigning employees into modern, relevant roles.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Management, Human Resources, Training, Employee Experience

8 Reasons to Add a Temp to Perm Approach to Your Hiring Strategy

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Feb 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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You find yourself having to fill a job vacancy at work. Perhaps it’s a tough position where you’ve had above average turnaround. Or, your company is ramping up its growth. Or, you would simply like the timesaving advantage of having a potential candidate start as soon as possible and test them out before making an offer. These are the more popular reasons for hiring a temporary employee with the intention of making them permanent, once they meet your criteria. Also nicknamed “temp to perm”.

With hiring strategies, and there are many, you may want to add a temp to perm approach to your list of recruiting options for all levels of employees. No longer reserved for administrative jobs or maternity leaves, temporary employment has evolved to where it is today: a work strategy for all job types and work preferences. Temporary employees include a vast array of professionals.

Next time you have an open job, consider these advantages a temp to perm strategy may bring you:

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Topics: Management, Human Resources, Training, Corporate Culture

Why You Should Know Your Company’s Top 3 Priorities

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Jan 30, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” 
Stephen R. Covey

Where are you heading so fast?

We seem to have gotten derailed by the need for speed in business, so we created multi-tasking. But, in turn, we have sacrificed quality and focus.  We are beginning to realize that multi-tasking really isn’t all that productive. While this term sounds like we’re getting more done, we’re still only performing one thing at a time, but just in rapid succession.  Urgency has surpassed importance. But, do you know why your job makes sense and how it contributes to the bigger picture? What is all the racing for anyway?

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Topics: Management, Human Resources, Training, Corporate Culture

5 Must-Have's from your Staffing Service

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Jan 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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Prior to starting my company Onboardia, Inc., my work in human resources included years of working with staffing services. I found that many of my colleagues had a love/hate relationship with them and we spent many lunchtime breaks in the cafeteria debating the good, the bad and the ugly. 

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Topics: Management, Human Resources, Training, Corporate Culture

Work isn't Supposed to be Fun?

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Jan 18, 2018 1:29:36 PM

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Let’s question that

How often have you heard that statement in the past?  What about “That’s why they call it work”? Thankfully, that view’s been changing over recent years across organizations. In fact, I found fun working in the Navy, my first real job. Saying this was the land of rules and regimentation is putting it mildly. So how on earth was there any fun on that job?

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Topics: Management, Human Resources, Training, Corporate Culture

7 HR Trends for 2018 to Watch

Posted by Cathy Reilly on Jan 11, 2018 9:10:00 AM

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You’ve just gotten through the human resources year-end marathon, a milestone event unto itself. With barely a moment to kick back and exhale, you’re now faced with looking ahead at the New Year and what’s coming your HR way.

As I offer my virtual high-five’s for crossing the finish line in December, here are 7 HR trends you’ll want to keep an eye on this year.

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Topics: Management, Human Resources, Training

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