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Ask-the-Expert: Onboarding

by Maya Jansen

Mar 25, 2019

At Sapling, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting dozens of webinars with Titans of Industry We compiled the  most frequently asked questions from our attendees in this special webinar, “Ask-the-Experts: Onboarding!”

This blog highlights the key onboarding strategies that can be sure to enable you and your team to have success, from our webinar moderated by Sapling’sCEO. Bart Macdonald, accompanied by a panel of industry thought leaders:

Jeff Diana - CPO, formerly Atlassian and SuccessFactors 

Cara Brennan Allamno - SVP, Human Resources at Udemy (formerly Planet + Pinterest)

Matt Hoffman - VP, People at DigitalOcean  (formerly ReturnPath)

We noted all our panelists best tips, during their live discussion!

Watch the entire recording on-demand!

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Key takeaways include:

  • Employee onboarding programming should largely remain consistent, regardless of career level (entry level vs C-Suite), focusing on the emotional experience and driving role/team/company acclimation.
  • Include team leads, buddies and leadership early in the onboarding journey to expose and reinforce company culture, values and mission
  • When starting an onboarding program from scratch, it’s imperative to designate one person to make new hires feel comfortable + establish clear roles
  • First impressions count! New hires decide within the first 2 weeks if it's the right or wrong job.

Our Panelists also cited the growing number of stakeholders involved in creating an effective onboarding experience (People + People Ops teams, Hiring Managers, IT, Recruiting, Buddies, Finance) ... the list continues!

We know that’s a lot of moving parts, but as mentioned in this webinar, Sapling's onboarding software makes it all possible! Take a quick demo of Sapling today, and learn how progressive People Teams at forward thinking companies like KAYAK, Invision, Digital Ocean and Cruise are leveraging Sapling to automate the admin, and elevate their employee experience today!

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Maya Jansen

Maya joined Sapling's marketing team at the start of 2019. She enjoys connecting Sapling to people ops leaders in the community to enhance and make a difference in employee experience.