Let me pass on two stories of hiring people who were straight out of the military. One was an amazing hire; the other was pretty much a bust.
How do we go beyond the onboarding and orientation process and take steps to ensure it remains sustainable?
—In it for the Long Haul, HR & admin, Bridgewater, New Jersey
The tech giant recently released its workforce diversity numbers, with the results causing some to say it is struggling from a diversity perspective.
Our company is coping with average turnover of 40 percent. Could HR make a development plan that effectively reverses this trend?
— Failure to Communicate, telecommunications, Santiago, Chile
I am overseeing the inception of an online onboarding/orientation site for new employees. How do I gather peer-reviewed information/suggestions to complete the project (we need to have it up and running by September 2014)? What are the characteristics of a successful implementation and, conversely, what challenges are we most likely to encounter? Are there any good case studies or user examples of how this can be done successfully?
— Still Learning, Education, Manchester, New Hampshire
My guess is that GM’s silent communication system started with senior leaders becoming so pervasive that people understood these gestures as clearly as if they had heard them out loud.