Chatting about this topic with some colleagues last week there were some interesting comments such as “You should know what to do…” or “We haven’t hired a new person in 12 years and don’t know what to do”.
Onboarding is a process of welcoming, educating, connecting, and acculturating new employees. It helps assimilate them into work and team processes and into an organizational culture. It provides new employees with the necessary tools and resources to carry out their jobs and clear channels for ongoing knowledge acquisition and collaboration. It instills in them a sense of connection to individual, group, and organization goals and a drive to contribute.
Keeping in mind the onboarding experience sets the employees perception of the organization they joined. Therefore it’s in the employer’s best interest to make sure the experience is positive.
The best examples I’ve seen of onboarding are as follows:
- Manager introduces employee to the team and persons they will work with directly.
- The usual tour of the office and its amenities.
- Explains how their performance will be measured – the specifics prioritized.
- Establish the communication rules between the employee and new hire – for example, use email? meetings? face to face? Explain how you prefer to communicate.
- Highlights what’s in scope of the job and what isn’t giving real examples.
- Outlines required reporting, tools he/she will use and training required to achieve performance levels.
- Provide laptop, IDs and access tokens as required.
- Connect employee with HR for payroll and benefits information and enrollment.
- Help employee understand company culture and politics – makes employ mindful of landmines.
- Assigns a great mentor (Has people and technical skills and knowledge of environment and how to get things done) to help the new employee be successful.
- Establishes regular updates to provide feedback and coaching – use specific examples with background, not “I heard this…or someone said…”. Use actual job activities and peoples names.
The following is an example of a general onboarding checklist you can use as a basis.
Any funny stories to share?
On the way into work this week I was thinking about what to write this year and for ideas I read my past “Looking back…” posts all the way back to 2008. The posts reminded of how much has happened the past eight years….some life lessons.
With any decision and related actions there are pros and cons and I guess in a way you roll the dice and take a chance with anything you do. If you don’t you’ll end up in a state of limbo afraid to do anything – not a good place to be. My style has always been one of taking risks, forging ahead and learning from the outcomes. Can I go back a few years and start over but keep what I’ve learned?
Jenna made the honors list for Social Studies, time has flown the past few years and understand what they mean by “They grow up fast…”.
Dealing with Cancer (Someone close) not a fun experience for sure, cant imagine what its like to deal with having that sort of disease – I could only be supportive.
Played a lot of gigs the past two years and many this year, learned much about myself, playing, performing, my gear and what I want to do next. I quit the band I was in and am reforming a new band with some energetic types focused on music targeted at venues we want to play.
Out on the Harley Nightser and Specialized Rockhopper a lot :)
The Bird was out a few times :)
Vacationed in Kelowna BC this past September and explored the surrounding areas such as Kamloops and Revelstoke. Really enjoy the west coast, as one of my colleagues once said you’re a west coast guy – I enjoy the outdoors and am not a stodgy business type.
Keeping in touch with colleagues from past employers its concerning to hear about the changes and struggles within companies these days. Downsizing and outsourcing creates a toxic work environment. Hadn’t worked with people that had taken medical and stress leave before or had colleagues breakdown and cry in front of me – had never witnessed anything like it. Another employer that purchased several software and services companies and has now sold off the business units. Friends in Europe have survived and people in North America are mostly gone. Recently, a software company I worked for closed their Toronto office, fired everyone – a customer called me asking what happened and where he could get support. He told me he heard the company exited Canada – really odd.
For the remainder of the year I’m working on music and relaxing while the winter settles in over Toronto. It’s this time of year I miss my job at HP and travelling to California, Florida and Sydney – much better weather there for sure.
The year kicked off with a vacation in Florida staying at Marriott World in Orlando, visits to Sarasota, Tampa and Daytona. Sarasota has one of the most amazing beaches around – Siesta Key. This much needed vacation was a nice break from Toronto weather.
Staying at Marriott world was very relaxing, located in south Orlando, this is a huge hotel with several pools, bars, restaurants and there is also a lot to do in the surrounding area. I first stayed here in 2007 during Microsoft TechEd and planned to return.
Jenna graduated from grade school and is now in High School, I attended her graduation dance – was a lot of fun. They grow up fast!
Bands are doing well, have been playing every weekend to refine my playing style, stage presence and most of all have fun. Playing Toronto and the surrounding areas, I have met a lot of people and caught up with some old friends.
Had the bike out several times this past summer. Patio hopping as I call it, cruise, stop at patio bar….repeat as required. Really enjoying this bike, looks great, relaxing to ride and built like a tank.
Several trips to NYC and NJ this year, mix of training and meetings. Also travelled to Halifax for a conference and returned to Vancouver for a conference as well. Great city, almost moved there in 98 but decided to remain in Toronto due to job and family.
Next year I plan to do much the same, trip somewhere south, weekly gigs with the band, bike rides in the summer and some cycling. No more trips planned to the city or NJ this year.
Each year I wonder what’s next. The industry I’m in is kind of crazy / unstable for the most part – Corporate America mostly. When I talk with others in Europe and Australia, they don’t seem to have the same problem – Merica and its model is the problem. With HP it was the consolidation of the hardware giants (And now they have split due to business model conflict and manageability). In SharePoint land I think we’ll see continued consolidation / acquisitions and further change in the landscape as IaaS and SaaS gains momentum and the technology matures further. Perhaps some venders will rebrand and take a different direction such as applications, add-ons and expand their services portfolio to boost ailing revenues and margins. Seen it before, time will tell…
Living in the Rouge River area now by the lake (east of Toronto) has opened up a new world for me, meeting several people with like minded people. Though the music business is riddled with sketchy people they are generally easy to spot and avoid. Most are decent people that share a passion for music and performing.
Met up with a group of guys that run a great jam in Pickering area at the Westshore Bar and Grill helped me a lot, so did the guys from Catalyst and Tommy Rocker. These venues enabled me to refine my playing, learn material the band I was with at the time didn’t have the skill to play, reduce my anxiety when playing in front of crowds and learn how to seamlessly recover from mistakes.
Here are some iPhone recordings from various gigs:
Also decided that I wanted to learn another instrument and am learning keys. My plan is to integrate them into my current bands and then pursue a 80s tribute band. Still dabbling with a Steep Panther like tribute band but there are several 80s hair metal bands out there but the marketability of the bands isn’t as strong as 80s dance. Just shy of two months of lessons I’m working on keyboard arrangements for the dance band.
I rode my bike a lot this year, much prefer cruising on the Nighster than my old Ninja ZX6R, more relaxed and fun to ride for sure. Added a Harley passenger seat and pegs and did some cruising to local beaches and patios to enjoy the weather. Love riding, have been since I was 9, my grandfather introduced me to it.
This year Jenna finally got an iPhone, I was due for an upgrade and decided to get a 6 and gave my 5 to her. This enables us to Facetime more often since her old iPad wasn’t the best at doing this. This holiday season will be my first away from the kids but will figure out how to get together I’m sure, at least this way I will be around longer and healthier so I can support them.
Not many trips to New Jersey this year, too much going on here and changed my mind about NJ and my current Job. Did make it once and noticed my usual hotel in Montvale was renovated and the manager (Eric) had moved to a new position in White Plains. Great staff at that location and always get my room (373). Planning a trip there in the spring for work and pleasure, some Curry in Ridgewood, Walk in Allendale and Shopping at the Plaza. Lots of memories there, some I just don’t want to revisit.
In the New Year I will be playing almost weekly with the bands and by March integrating keys into the dance band. Also, time to get back to a job I love doing, IT departments are not for me. Glued to a desk in a organization with no money, recklessly managing their IT and people assets isn’t for me – I’ve worked to hard to get to where I am. Finally, taking the trip to a Florida beach using the points I’ve accumulated over 15 years. I have been wanting to do for 3 years but just never had the time – Sun, Beach and a drink :)
DURHAM — Durham police are asking the public for help in making the holidays a little easier for the region’s less fortunate,
The students at Bowmanville’s John M. James Public School were treated to a Wednesday morning of music and holiday spirit as the Durham Regional Police officially launched their 2014 Christmas Food and Toy Drive.
Durham Police Chief Paul Martin and Chief-for-a-Day winner Victoria Broomer joined Santa Claus and a crowd of students, parents and police officers in launching the annual charity event with performances by the police band The Heat, and the school band.
Having always wanted to play live since I was kid but always being held back by work and people that would say “Your too old to play, be a responsible adult!.” Really?
I believe knowing what you love doing and following it is the key to a successful and happy life. If you have the drive and determination anything is possible. If you have negative people in your life that drag you down, remove them since they will only fill your mind with doubt and hold you back.
Seek out mentors, set goals for yourself and never give up and what you put into it you will get out of it and much more.
Using SharePoint 2013 for document management and digital signatures simplifies the capture, organization, and distribution of artifacts, whether they be records or and documents. SharePoint lends itself well to providing such functionality, as it has Sites and Libraries specifically designed to help manage documents. Additionally the Office integration, workflows, search and meta data services provide considerable usability benefits. But how do you make it work best for your organization?
In this webinar, we’ll cover what you need to know to make SharePoint succeed for your document management and workflow needs, from meeting legal compliance to getting executive sponsorship, doing program management to ensuring user adoption, and more. ARX the creators of Cosign for SharePoint will join me in presenting this webinar and will be available for questions.
We’ll discuss how you can use digital signatures with SharePoint to dramatically cut costs, speed your business processes and eliminate paper.
We’ll cover best practices that will help you navigate the organizational complexities, industry and government regulations, and technical complexities and constraints you might encounter as you work to make SharePoint a better product for your users and your organization.
New job, lots of biking in, Superbird is back on the road, the band played several gigs, trips to NYC and NJ throughout the year. Like always, I wish I had more time on the road and now more gigs to play but I’m working on that. As far as more time on the road, mother nature needs to cooperate on that one, this past summer was cold and rainy.
The Job change was much needed; KPMG is an awful company, they lie to candidates about the job to get them onboard, infighting, toxic politics, employee harassment from managers, executives lie about employees to further their agendas and gain control over them – I’d heard about this but never experienced it firsthand. Its sad that companies get away with this but its a small industry, word gets around pretty quick about places like this. Live and learn, I have worked too hard to get where I am to work in a place like that. On the up side I made some new friends which is always a good thing.
The Harley was out several times this year for cruises to the beach and elsewhere. Great bike to hop on and cruise with but the small gas tank is a pain so I have to make sure I know where the next gas station is. I’m considering a 1 liter canister as backup fuel just in case, I hear off roaders do this.
The Superbird was out mid-summer, finally isolated the brake light problem, just required focus and some time to fix. The brake light switch under the dash was the culprit. Google helped me find the replacement, I order two and ended up installing the more expensive one. Also replaced the front calipers and pads as the passenger side was dragging. The new calipers are coated and cosmetically look better. Some memorable moments being asked to stop so people could take pictures.
The band played several outdoor gigs and parties as well as a couple of bars. I much prefer the parties and outdoor events, people are more fun at these. At bars people are generally stressed about drinking so they sip water and the bar owners hate that. Also without alcohol many don’t loosen up. The continued stage experience has resulted in less pre-stage anxiety and my playing is improving as well as I learn more songs, styles and continue to play.
My trips to NYC and NJ (Princeton, Montvale, Allendale, Ridgewood) were great. Many great dinners with friends and new staff I work with at the bank. Princeton is new for me, heard about it a few times, its really nice but adds 90 min to my trip to get there. The picture below is of the canal behind the hotel where I often run/walk in the morning and evenings. In the morning the University Students are out for rowing practice.
I also began attending jam nights at a few places around the city. participants plug in and play songs they know and learn new ones on the fly. Its fun and it helps improve my improvisation skills and comfort level with the stage and making mistakes.
I returned to Bergen County where some of my favorite towns are located such as Allendale, Ridgewood and Paramus (for some shopping). Stayed at the Marriott Montvale which is my home away from home. Lots of good memories there and the staff are great to me, Fire & Oak is great and I always get my room 373. The picture below is one of my regular walking/jogging spots – Celery Farm in Allendale.
Over the winter I plan to remain local and focus on guitar, yoga and writing. To broaden my repertoire of songs and get more stage time I’m participating in jam nights Fridays and Sundays.
Yoga is something a friend (Yoga Instructor) in NJ introduced me to the summer of 2012. I stuck with it ever since and have added hiking, walking and free weights to my routine and a much healthier diet – A lean 175-180lbs these days.
To end 2013 the band is playing a New Years gig at the Crown and Grill in Richmond Hill – I’ve always wanted to play New Years :)
Wild About Cars approached me about writing a cover article about the 1970 Superbird. An easy topic for me knowing the car very well – an exerpt from the article can be found below.
“The story begins in August 1969 when the 440 four speed Superbird left Hamtrack MI destined for a Plymouth Dodge dealership in east Toronto called Sorensons. Driving a 67 Chevelle 327 two speed down Sheppard avenue my fathers first stop was a Chevrolet dealership called Hodgsons where an orange 1970 GTO Judge sat in the front lot. After a test drive we drove further down Sheppard where a orange car with a wing and nose caught my eye. I said look at that, lets have a look. My father said that’s just something the dealer made up to attract clients. I insisted so we drove in and spoke to the dealer about the car and then we took it out for a test drive – he was hooked. Turns out the dealer drove the car at parades and other events and was sad to see it go.”