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Many new hires do not last longer than six months. One out of two new employees fails to meet the organization’s expectations. Why? Often, employers make little or no effort to acclimate these staffers to the job. Thus, their employees start off on the wrong foot, and many find it hard to “change course.” However, George Bradt and Mary Vonnegut deliver a proven program you can use to help new workers become immediately productive. Bradt, founder and director of the executive-transition consultancy PrimeGenesis, and Vonnegut, a partner at the firm, bring considerable experience to the topic. getAbstract recommends their book’s thoughtful approach to onboarding. Though the guide is poorly structured in parts, it provides easy-to-follow, practical advice for bringing people on board and keeping them there.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why strategic employee onboarding is important and
  • How to implement a “Total Onboarding Program” at your firm.

About the Authors

George Bradt is founder and managing director of PrimeGenesis, an executive-transition consultancy. Mary Vonnegut, a PrimeGenesis partner, formerly headed a retail company.



Why Effective Onboarding Matters
Does your organization have a cohesive, strategic onboarding program? Many companies do not. For example, one firm annually hired seven or eight salespeople who all showed the potential and desire to become managers. However, the company had room to promote...

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