New Employee Orientation and Onboarding for Retention and Success
  • CODE : STME-0007
  • Duration : 90 Minutes
  • Level : Intermediate
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Steven G. Meilleur, Ph.D., SPHR – is President, CEO – PRAXIS Management Solutions, LLC, a New Mexico-based management consulting firm specializing in human resources, employee relations, leadership, training & organizational development, organizational research and assessment, strategic & operational planning, and non-profit organization management and governance. Dr. Meilleur has more than 40 years of management and executive-level experience in human resources, risk management, and organizational management in the private non-profit public, and private for-profit sectors.  

Dr. Meilleur also serves as Senior Vice-President and Risk Services Consultant for Human Resources and Employment with Poms & Associates, a national risk services and insurance brokerage firm. His previous work experience includes public, private, and nonprofit organizations, in executive and management capacities.

He is also on the faculty of the UNM School of Public Administration in the graduate program, teaching in the areas of human resource management, nonprofit organization management, leadership, dispute resolution, organizational change, and human resource development.  He has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops across the country and is a published author in the areas of human resources, marketing, leadership and management development, organizational change and innovation, non-profit organization management, and board development.

Dr. Meilleur received a BA in English Literature and Education from Bucknell University, an Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson Graduate School of Management, and his Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Learning from UNM. He received his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management in 1995.

Onboarding is a new approach to employee orientation that goes beyond just settling your employees in. It engages, integrates and gets your new hires productive quicker — directly improving retention rates and the overall success of your organization. Research shows that a systematic comprehensive onboarding process is good business. In fact, formal onboarding increases the chance of keeping a new employee for at least 3 years by 69% and one study showed employees were productive two months earlier with an effective program. Employees get up to speed quicker and stay on the job longer when their first-year experience is well managed. You need to engage your new employees with great pre-boarding and show them what makes your workplace culture unique–even from a distance. You need to help them build the right relationships and showcase their talent and experience from their very first projects. More importantly, you need to make them feel at home with the right resources and support.

Areas Covered

  • Employee orientation vs. onboarding — what’s the big difference?
  • The true costs of turnover
  • Virtual and In-person onboarding
  • Preparation work you MUST do before your new hires’ first day
  • Characteristics of a successful onboarding experience
  • A step-by-step approach to building an effective onboarding program
  • Tips to get your new employees engaged in the company’s culture
  • Simple strategies for quickly making new hires feel like part of the team

Course Level - Intermediate

Who should attend

  • HR professionals
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Business owners
  • Team leaders

Why Should You Attend

You invest both time and money recruiting and hiring the best. Don’t waste it all on ineffective orientation practices - keep your new employees around for the long haul by giving them the best start possible — a personalized onboarding experience. Statistics show that half of all hourly employees leave the job within four months of hire and half of all salaried employees leave their jobs within 18 months. This turnover is expensive. Much of this turnover can be prevented by a proper orientation and onboarding process.

Topic Background

A good orientation and on-boarding program can mean the difference between an engaged employee, and someone who has checked out less than 3 months into the job.  This course tackles the ins and outs of creating an effective orientation and on-boarding program and processes to promote the successful launch of a new employee.




  • $149.00



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