Ace, King, Queen, Onboarding?

Posted by Craig Schwipps on June 29, 2017
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Cards Games Onboarding Euchre

There are a multitude of card games I have grown up with and gotten to learn over the years. My personal favorite would have to be Euchre. The rules are a bit complicated so I won’t go into much detail, but the important thing to know is that it is a team-based card game. Two teams compete against each other, comprised of two partners. Many card games are dependent on quite a bit of random luck, but euchre is one that requires luck and a good partner to anticipate your moves and know when to make a certain call.

You won’t win the game of Euchre if you are playing only for yourself and thinking only of what you will play. You have to rely on your partner to be able to help you. Your organization is set up very much like a euchre team. You’re in a relentless, competitive environment surrounded by others trying to win. And its imperative that the members of your organizational team are on the same page, have the same end goal and strategy. And how does one get a like-minded team? Onboarding efficiently.

I’m not suggesting that your Onboarding bring your new hires in to think exactly the same as everyone else. Individuals have their own unique value to bring. However, new hires need to know exactly what they are being brought on to achieve. They must have a like-minded goal and know the strategy, culture and values that their organization is promoting. They want to feel as though they are part of a team, contributing to the overall success. What happens when they don’t?

20% of employee turnover happens within the first 45 days! That’s less than two months to make an impression and make your new hires feel welcome and valuable. Effective onboarding is the key to doing so. It empowers your employees, jump-starts them the right way into your organization by driving understanding of culture, and aligning them to your business strategy.

My papaw always used to say about Euchre, “If you don’t have a good hand, you should be able to count on your partner for help.” So why not give strength to the entire team by getting them onboard and in the game.

Curious to know more about building an engaging Onboarding program and seeing the results it brings? Download our eGuide: Effective Onboarding HERE.

Topics: Onboarding, Employee Engagement