Accelerate May 2015 - Page 43

Onboarding At the six month mark, we would typically have a new hire luncheon, and invite as many as we could, back for a check-in. Our goal for the luncheon was to ask one simple question, “how are we doing so far?” In a free-wheeling format, we would have an open discussion on what they liked or did not like during their new hire period. Before the lunch was over, we asked “what can we do to make new hires more welcome into our company?” Why ask them? Because they are the experts. They have just been onboarded for approximately six months and their experience is fresh in their minds. This had the beneficial effect of allowing us to consistently tweak our programme over time. In other words, the tweaking should never stop. There is a saying that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Ron Thomas is CEO, Great Place to Work Gulf, based in Dubai. He was formerly CHRO for the RGTS Group in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is a senior faculty member of the Human Capital Institute. He holds certification from the Human Capital Institute as a Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS) and Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP). Prior roles included senior level positions with Xerox HR Services, IBM and Martha Stewart Living. Board memberships include the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, McKinsey Quarterly Executive Online Panel, and HCI’s Expert Advisory Council on Talent Management Strategy. He has received the “Outstanding Leadership Award for Global HR Excellence” at the World Human Resources Development Congress [Mumbai, India] and the “50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia”. Follow him on Twitter. May 2015 43