PDA/CARLI Directors' Institute Series: Effective Ways to Onboard New Employees

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Ben Mead-Harvey

What outcomes are we trying to achieve with new employee onboarding, and who is ultimately responsible for achieving those outcomes? Effective onboarding has been shown to be a major factor in long-term work satisfaction for employees, and it is strongly correlated with likelihood of turnover in the first year on the job. Despite its importance, most organizations and managers give little thought to exactly how an employee's first day, week, and month should proceed. 

In this webinar, speaker Ben Mead-Harvey will discuss his recommendations for the most effective way to onboard new employees, broken into three categories: welcome elements, training with the team, and check-in meetings. He will give a detailed breakdown of each element and spend time explaining the basis for each recommendation.

Ben is an Instructor at the iSchool at the University of Illinois. He teaches Personnel Management and Financial Management of Libraries, the former of which he designed and created for the college. He has been working in libraries since 2007, the bulk of which has been in management of municipal and district libraries. His major passion is learning about and teaching others how to effectively manage people. He is the author of www.better-boss.com, where he publishes weekly articles describing managerial best practices. Ben has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master of Library Science from the University of Illinois as well as a master of Business Administration from North Dakota State University.

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Learn more about another webinar in the CARLI Directors' Institute Series, "Recruiting and Retaining BIPOC Library Staff" presented by Victor Jones, Jr. on May 4.