Back to Basics

In a recent article, What Every CEO Can Do In Less Than 6 Minutes To Improve Onboarding, I shared four questions that every business can ask existing employees to shed light on what can easily be done to improve the experience of new hires coming onboard.

I was amazed at the number of responses I received in response to the article applauding me for reminding them to get back to basics.

Why do we always feel the need to over-complicate things?  Onboarding is about welcoming people into your organization and integrating them into your culture quickly so they have the relationships as well as the tools they need to get the job done.  That’s it.  Everything else is a bonus.

Which comes first . . .

I’m still not sure about the chicken or the egg, but I do have some thoughts about which comes first when it comes to a new employee’s first day.

In my travels across the country presenting the topic of “Professional Onboarding” to CEO groups, there is often a spirited debate when I suggest some creative and potentially outlandish ideas to establish a unique first day experience for new hires.  What I’ve noticed after sharing the ideas with more than 100 CEOs is that people fall into two camps.