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What Does a Buddy Do, Anyway?

Most companies assign a buddy to every new hire on the team. But how that buddy is trained, supported, and empowered is essential to their effectiveness in helping the new hire. Learn all about what buddies should focus on here.

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The Crucial Difference Between Training and Teaching

When we focus on Learning and Development in employees, it can be easy to view the process as "training" rather than "teaching". But in reality we don't really train employees, because we need them to develop their skills over time.

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How to Set Goals for Your Technical New Hires

In any tech onboarding program, the general consensus is that new technical employees should be fully operational and independent within the first 90 days of their employment. But for most developers, this crucial 90 day checkpoint simply isn't reached. We break down how companies can set 30, 60, and 90 day goals to get technical new hires up to speed in less time.

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When Can You Trust a New Hire?

One thing that metrics and onboarding systems don’t always address is trust. Specifically, at what point can a manager trust their new hire to own their new role?

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The Four Pillars of Technical Onboarding

Our team defined four essential pillars of any successful onboarding program. Does your onboarding program incorporate all four?

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Corporate vs. Technical Onboarding

We've seen through experience that cookie cutter corporate onboarding programs aren't enough to support new software engineers and help technical teams thrive. Our three layer cake model easily outlines the essential parts of any technical onboarding program.

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What is Onboarding?

If you’re a startup tech company, or are looking to overhaul your onboarding system, it’s important to start with the foundations of good onboarding. Specifically, understand the difference between technical onboarding and orientation.

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Is Onboarding HR's Responsibility?

Rather than spending so much energy wanting HR to get onboard or get out of the way, we think it’s time to take a different approach.

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Remote Onboarding Essentials: The Three C’s

While some companies are resuming in-person work, many tech teams are still operating from their independent home work spaces. The adjustment to remote work has left many managers disconnected from their teams.

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How to Reduce Turnover with Functional Onboarding

You might know turnover in terms of attrition or nonfunctional turnover — whatever name you call it by, all of these terms but they all mean the same thing: employees aren't staying at your company for the long term. We've learned through experience that onboarding plays a critical role in whether or not employees stay past the one year mark.

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How to Shed Light on Your Onboarding Blind Spots

When it comes to onboarding, "blind spots" are inefficiencies within the program that slip through the cracks.

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Engineering Onboarding: How It’s Different and Why You Need It

To retain top-notch people and enable their best work, you need more than traditional company onboarding. A smooth transition from hire date to the one year mark requires a framework and process that communicates exactly what the employee needs to know, when they need to know it, in a way that will create a lasting impression.

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Why Have an Engineering Philosophy?

Whether it's friction between team members, high turnover, or questionable behavior from a team member – even one who is a high performer – team obstacles are inevitable. A defined engineering philosophy can help teams navigate these obstacles and find the best path forward.

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Things Not To Do in Engineering Onboarding

Onboarding mistakes happen. I’ve seen them with many of my clients, and I’ve made some myself!So, as I look back on the year, I’d like to share some examples of what the Edify team and I call “onboarding bloopers.”

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What is Good Onboarding?

I’ve seen through experience how thoughtful, strategic onboarding helps companies retain employees and reach new levels of success.

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Why Integrity is Part of My Business Strategy

We follow three guiding perspectives at Edify, and these principles dictate how we work internally as a team as well as how we share with our customers.

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What Can Higher Ed Teach Us About Onboarding?

It’s no secret that my company Edify is all about onboarding, and our team was recently reminded of how much proper onboarding can lead to employee success.

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Onboarding & Equity

New hire onboarding offers a unique window to address questions of equity head-on. Each time a company hires an employee, they have the opportunity to ensure the onboarding process is inclusive and equitable.

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The Cost of Not Onboarding

The cost of an employee doesn’t just include that worker’s salary. It’s a combination of the salary paid, the money and time invested to train that employee, and the cost of replacing them when they eventually leave the position.

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Keep What You Sow: Retaining Tech Talent

When it comes to bringing high-quality talent to the team, there’s one question that should be at the top of any director’s list: How exactly do organizations encourage their technical talent employees to stay for the long term?

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Fixing the Leaky Pipe in Onboarding

There’s really no way of getting around it; bringing on a new employee reduces the productivity of the team overall for a period of time.

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How to Onboard Yourself When Your Company Won't

When you can’t rely on your company to set you up for success, how can you ensure you have what you need to thrive in your role?

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Your New Hire's First Day Agenda

There’s no better opportunity to kick off onboarding than an employee’s first day on the job. The first day sets the new hire up with essential information they’ll need to be productive, and introduces them to the company culture and their team.

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Making Onboarding Easier for Managers

So often we see managers struggling with the holding pattern that comes with hiring. Even the best of managers can be left scrambling to collect onboarding materials at the last second, potentially missing important details along the way.

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How Many Emails Do You Really Need for Effective Onboarding?

Email struggles apply to just about every realm in the working world, but they have an important impact on the workflow for the onboarding process.

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How to Navigate Remote Onboarding for Engineers

Long before the Coronavirus outbreak, our team already noticed a trend: more and more companies were becoming more comfortable with remote team members.

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