As you may have read in our blog: What We Learned at ATD 2017, onboarding is still a very real and pressing need in organizations across the country. It’s imperative to get new hires and promoted hires up to speed and running efficiently in their new role as quickly as possible. The problem becomes how? How do you create an effective, impactful onboarding program? Let’s look at some takeaways from Marvel’s own Guardians of the Galaxy.
If you have not seen Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 yet, please do yourself a favor and go see Marvel’s latest cinematic blockbuster. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It’s memorable, action-packed, funny, develops backstory and characters; and even if you haven’t seen the first film, it introduces the characters in a way so that you know their traits and what they bring to the overall story.
In short, the film does everything your onboarding should do. It needs to be memorable and engaging. It doesn’t need super powers or space battles (and I would advise against including that in your office regardless), but it should easily be able to connect your organization’s culture and values to both new hires and tenured employees. Your organization is a unique, welcoming environment that everyone should be thrilled to see when he or she walks through the door. Make your onboarding showcase that.
In addition, remember that the workforce of today is a multi-generational melting pot of different ages, ideals and experiences. The Guardians of the Galaxy are comprised of three different alien races, a talking raccoon, and a tree that only says one phrase. If the Guardians can come together and work as a team with unique beliefs and traits, then so can your organization. It’s about knowing where they fit and what their role and necessity is to your organization. Everyone wants to feel welcome and integral to the operation. They want to know they make a difference. When you onboard, make sure they know what they bring to the team.
The Guardians may be a fictional team, but they represent much of what a good workforce should look like. Want to know more about onboarding your own team to produce real results? Download our eGuide all about Effective Onboarding Solutions. Click HERE.