All Aboard: Getting Onboard With Paradigm

Posted by Craig Schwipps on July 27, 2017
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Onboarding Aboard First Year Employee

Believe it or not, this July marked my first year’s journey with Paradigm Learning. Over the last 12 months, I have been editing, proofing and writing a large majority of these weekly blogs for your informative and entertainment pleasures. As I reach my first year with this organization, I thought it would be prudent to look back and analyze my acclimation and immersion into the culture and vision of my organization. Perhaps you can draw from my experiences to help shape your own organization’s employees or culture.

  1. Mentor Program

It can be extremely nerve wracking to join a new company. It’s a new environment with its own culture and way of doing things. No job will ever be the same. That’s why Onboarding programs exist to make the transition as seamless as possible. For me, a great part of onboarding with PLI dealt with their Mentor program. Both new hires and tenured employees alike were partnered with another employee to build confidence, do check-ins, and become engaged as an integral part of the Paradigm team. It didn’t matter if you were brand new to the organization or had been there for years. You got paired with someone more experienced that could help gauge your process and guide you along your career path. And I am extremely grateful for the wonderful mentors I have had with Paradigm. They introduced me to the workflow and made sure I always understood everything asked of me.

  1. Staff Meetings

Hear me out! I know that saying “staff meeting” may make you shudder. Granted, it’s not always portrayed as the most interesting or necessary experience. But I actively looked forward to the monthly staff meetings with my organization. I didn’t care about the food or getting an hour away from work. It was always a great experience to bring together our departments together to share in some camaraderie. Every department had their opportunity to speak and share updates. It was refreshing to come together as a single organization and show where we were on track, and where we needed to improve to meet goals for the quarter or year. When you plan as an organization, you succeed as an organization.

  1. Resource Access

PLI has been around for quite some time. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, we've done our fair share of work and continue to innovate, improve and adapt with the ever-changing business environment. It was immensely beneficial for me starting out to be able to have almost instant access to resources that referenced Paradigm’s past projects and see how the vision and culture has taken shape over the years. In 20 years, we have remained true to what we do as an organization: putting the fun and engagement in Learning & Development. Accessing our vast array of content, resources and past projects, I was able to more easily learn who we were, what we represented, and see how I could best contribute to the vision.

These were three aspects of my first year that continue to make an impression on me as I grow with the organization. The learning and development never truly stops, but I am grateful I have the people, tools and resources to help me continue to be an integral part of the team.

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Topics: Onboarding, Employee Engagement