What are the key components to successful orientation of new employees, from both the employer and employee perspective? Once the offer letter has been extended, signed and returned, what should be included in the process to give a good and lasting impression?
— Appearances Matter, human resources consultant, finance/insurance/real estate, Philadelphia
We are an apparel maker that uses contingent workers for a variety of high-level tasks, such as designers and engineering. Is it important for us to engage them like our paid staff, and if so, why and how do we do it?
—Laboring to Make the Connection, generalist, manufacturer, Memphis, Tennessee
I’d never played craps before. But at a recent conference at the Mandalay Bay resort I gave it a try. Almost immediately, the employees manning the tables earned my respect.Read More
A recent study conducted by Baylor University found that developing an internal social networking site could help a company acclimate its new hires into the corporate culture, improve employees' morale and reduce turnover rates.Read More
In the aftermath of such blatantly avoidable foul-ups, can you recall a single instance when outside analysts concluded that systems and processes had not been put in place or learning had not been delivered? I can't. It's the failure to act in line with all of these safeguards that's the issue.Read More
What is the No. 1 HR metric we should be reporting to our CEO?
—The Most Important Thing, product manager, software/services, Quebec