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Onboarding Senior Executives

We have previously looked at the importance of improving the candidate experience, including the onboarding stage. But what if you’re looking to recruit a senior executive? How should the onboarding process differ?

Many organizations use the same cookie-cutter method to onboarding, regardless of the level of the role: take care of administrative arrangements and legal documentation, set up benefits, and introduce them to the team. That’s a bare-bones approach that won’t help your new senior executive learn the ropes and produce results quickly. Here are some tips for improving the onboarding experience:

  • Turn back the clock: Start early, by introducing your company culture and strategies during the final stages of the interview process. This will give your new executive a strong sense of who you are and how things work.

  • Define Success: “Outline what high performance looks like for them at this company and what their three to five deliverables are during their first year, as well as key milestones.”

  • Meet with Teams and Other Stakeholders: Your new executive needs to understand the issues, hopes, questions, and concerns facing team members and other stakeholders. These meetings can build trust and team dynamics, as well as a learning opportunity for all involved.

If you need help shaping your talent acquisition or onboarding strategy, get in touch to arrange a quick chat. Email Paul, Brent, Troy, or Tara, or give us a call at 519-673-3463 or 416-847-0036.

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