According to the training firm Leadership IQ, “46% of rookies wash out in their first 18 months.” This was found by a study done over 3 years of 20,000 new hires. This could be due to the fact that those new hires are not clearly told what they were hired to do or what their goals should be for the first six months and the first year.[lede]
New Employee Orientation Ideas
Does the investment and effort put into a new employee orientation program outweigh the costs of losing new hires at your company? We think so! Recruiting itself takes a lot of time and money. Don’t drop the ball in the home stretch by losing your new employees.
5 reasons why your new employee orientation will fail:
1. Your activities are boring!
Trivia, Jeopardy, and “fun facts” about your employees…these games get old after a while. You need to spice them up! Besides, it’s much more satisfying (and productive) to see your new employees completely engaged in activities you’re providing.
2. There are no incentives for participating.
There’s no sentiment in taking part in activities or paying attention to the program. Who doesn’t like a free lunch? If you aren’t offering any snacks, lunches or prizes to reward your new hires, you’re not showing appreciation. Odds are they’ll be tuned out during your presentations.
3. Information overload!
It’s important for your employees to understand everything there is to know about your company and get to know every department. But, how many PowerPoint presentations can you go through in one day before they start snoring?
4. There is no follow up down the road.
You don’t want your orientation program to be instantly forgettable, do you? If you have no reunion with the new hires, it’s likely that most of the information you’ve provided to your employees during the program won’t be retained. Besides, you might learn something new, too.
5. The programs you choose are irrelevant.
The orientation sessions you put your groups through don’t speak to the foundations of the company. Of course, you’ll want your new employees to realize the importance of your company’s goals and mission. You can make these points more memorable by implementing them into activities for your orientation group…not just printing out the company’s mission statement on coffee mugs for everyone.
Use team building to boost your new employee orientation:
Team building programs can be customized however you’d like in order to fit into your company’s new employee orientation program, and relate directly to the culture at your office. Depending on the nature of your company, different programs may work for you better than others. Does your company thrive on competition, or do you focus on collaboration? Do you put a strong emphasis on charity? Maybe your employees just REALLY love food…(who doesn’t?).
For the competitors: Outrageous Games!
Teams compete head-to-head in ten wacky, wild, non-athletic relay races. All of the games are designed to build team strength, facilitate communication and develop problem-solving skills using a challenge by choice model.
For the collaborators: Chain Reaction!
An energetic and strategic event, Chain Reaction is full of mind-bending challenges that will result in a strong feeling of success and accomplishment for your teams.
For the philanthropists: Charitable Team Building
Our charitable team building events are the perfect way to bring your company together for a great cause, and have a blast while doing it!
For the foodies: Culinary Team Building
Bring your appetite and positive attitude to our variety of different culinary team building events. Our programs provide fun and effective ways to bring your teams closer through meal preparation, cooking and dining together.
In this series of articles, we take a few minutes to chat with a member of the TeamBonding team so you can get an idea of the sort of people we are. In this installment, we talked to Josh, our Director of Event Operations, who gave us a few fun facts about herself!
The corporate world is experiencing a massive shift. A new generation is entering the workforce, many are retiring, and the formula for leadership is being re-invented. Dictatorships are giving way to collective organizational vision creation. Our titles, age, or departmental role do not define us. Focus is shifting from individual acceleration to purpose-driven teamwork. (more…)
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively to improve teamwork. (more…)
We learn early in our lives that it’s better to win, and in order to win, we need to be competitive.
“Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.”- Henry Kissinger In order to lead, sometimes it is necessary to inspire. Leaders invoke the passion and drive into their team in order for hard work to be done. Team bonding quotes have the ability to encourage, but they also allow us to remember the great leaders of the past.
It’s simple, having fun at work through group activities and team-building games leads to a great company culture.
Team building applies to any field, even a football field. Following my favorite sports teams is my number one hobby! It’s fascinating to see how the most intense sports teams perform; the way they communicate, work together and understand each other. As fans, we care about the win! However, we have no idea what effort goes on behind the scenes. I realize that to have such a fierce demeanor as a team, it takes some work, teamwork. For players to cooperate, commit, and triumph, they first establish a fundamental core with team building.
Don’t have the big budget for a team building extravaganza? No worries! We’ve got you covered with plenty of Do-It-Yourself Team Building Products you can choose from in our DIY Store. You don’t always need tons of time or money for a big team building activity or retreat.
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