Have you ever found yourself scrambling during the last week of January to track down a Federal Identification Number or addresses of 1099 recipients?
On-boarding CANNOT end on day One. There are too many opportunities for a new hire to stumble and ultimately lose their Day One excitement. HR MUST take the lead in ensuring a new hire’s transition is successful and that obstacles are removed.
In my previous article, I shared the importance of a high-quality on-boarding program. When a company risks 20% turnover within the first 90 days of employment, successful on-boarding is not just a nicety; it is a necessity!
20%. The percentage of employees who resign within their first 90 days of employment (G&A Partners, "The First 90 Days Are 'Make or Break'").
A casual glance at a cell phone while talking with a co-worker. Saying hello to a passer-by while walking to the copy machine. Interrupting someone just to say what is on your mind. Stopping to greet the front desk receptionist.
In my front yard, a beautiful flowering vine grows. Each spring, it peaks out of the ground and within weeks, it covers a section of a flowerbed. Unfortunately, without proper direction and intentional scaffolding, it overshadows other plants, which experience stunted growth and premature death. The laws of gravity do not have mercy on the covered plants as the unattended vine continues its horizontal crawl. Unintentional damage and destruction take place not because the vine intends to do so. Rather, it is a by-product of growth and a lack of care by the gardener (me).
As a tax manager, "busy season" is both demanding and time consuming. So, what do I do to burn off stress after busy season?
"Oh, so this is just an entry-level job?" "I guess it's a good way to get your foot in the door." As an administrative professional, I've heard these sayings more times then I like to count, and I use to believe others were right. I used to believe my role was just entry level, that I should look for a way to move out of my role and into a new one quickly, and enjoying what I do must somehow be…wrong. Then I started to wonder, what if I stopped defining my career path as an administrative professional by their logic? What if I decided to own the fact that I'm good at what I do, I enjoy what I do, and I see the value and impact I have on my team? Less than a year ago, I came to this very impactful realization and just in time!