Onboarding Book

ONBOARDING: How to Get Your New Employees Up to Speed in Half the Time – Bradt and Vonnegut, 2009, John Wiley & Sons

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"…one of the most helpful. how-to books that I have read in years. I am recommending it as a must-read manual for healthcare executives who want to succeed in an increasingly challenging climate."
-John Self, Chairman, JohnMarch Partners

"This book shows you the MOST successful way to ensure new recruits deliver for you. It's filled with practical tips! Why would you settle for anything less?"
– Robert Rigby-Hall, SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, LexisNexis Group

This book will provide a methodology that you, or any hiring manager can implement with or without assistance. Our fundamental premise – that leadership is all about inspiring and enabling others at a personal level – forms the backbone of onboarding that gets new employees up to speed in half the time.

Here in a single volume is just about as much information, wisdom, and counsel that leaders in almost any kind of organization will need during “the process of acquiring, accommodating, assimilating, and accelerating new team members, whether they come from outside or inside the organization.”…To the best of my knowledge, there is no better single source for expert guidance on onboarding. Bob Morris book review on Blogging about Business.

Written in a direct style and presenting a carefully structured argument, this management tome offers a clear plan for increasing the time in which a new employee becomes an effective one and ensuring their commitment to the organization. The authors (both are with an executive transition consultancy) present specific guidelines to guide a company into organizing its efforts to hire and train new managers so that the right person is hired, everyone knows what the job is, and the new employee has the people, resources, and information to do the job from the first day. The text is supplemented throughout with tips, time-savers, examples, and forms and checklists that are downloadable from an accompanying website." ([c]2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)

I highly recommend this book. Let me reiterate the following: So many careers are made, and unfortunately broken, in the very early days, often before the employee even steps into the building because of onboarding oversights. The corporate landscape is FULL of these unfortunate failures. Research out of Harvard shows the cost to be staggering for companies, and the destruction it does to improperly onboarded employees is devastating. Get this book before you hire another employee. (Steve Gladis – Survival Leadership, September, 2010)

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