Karen Schmidt of Sanford Rose Associates Featured in Human Resource Executive Online’s Article: “Onboard the Executives, Too!”
Dallas, TX | 1/10/2014
New executives need more than a badge, quick office tour and computer instructions.
Deloitte Consulting seems to have this figured out. At the New York-based business and human capital consultancy, the onboarding process for principals and directors begins with a two-day, highly interactive Welcome to Deloitte program that goes well beyond the administrative — such as getting badges and laptops.
On the contrary, the Welcome program includes an overview of the organization and culture, schooling on company strategies, as well as an overview of how best to network at Deloitte. A lunch is held with a fellow executive and key introductions are made in the office. An advisory board of six key leaders representing the new hire’s geography, industry sector and service areas is put together for many new directors and principals — the overall goal being to put the right people together for the right conversations.
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Evaluate your program. “Don’t be afraid to ask past hires for feedback on your onboarding process and solicit feedback from recent hires when the experience is fresh enough to garner recent perspectives,” says Karen Schmidt, managing director of franchise development for executive search firm Sanford Rose Associates in Dallas. Onboarding, says George Bradt, co-author of The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan, “is a crucible of leadership, a career-defining moment; do it wrong and there’s all the pain.”