Why the New Employee Experience is Like a First Date

SHRM 2015 Talent Management Conference & Exposition
Workplace Application: You will learn how you can make meaningful connections with new-hires from day one so they stay and thrive.
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Anxiety, second-guessing, excitement, enthusiasm, and anticipation... these are the feelings just before a first date. They are also the feelings new employees have as they are entering your organization. Are you reassuring these employees and letting them know they made a good decision by joining you? Or is your onboarding process like a date gone wrong?  In this presentation, Don MacPherson will draw the parallels between the first date and new employee onboarding experiences. You will learn:

  • How to engage new employees from the beginning – even before their first day. 
  • Best practices for learning new-hires' personal engagement drivers.
  • How you and your managers can follow through on delivering the engaging culture that was promised to your new-hires.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 11:15am to 12:30pm

Don MacPherson


Don MacPherson is an employee performance expert with over 17 years of industry experience. As President of the human capital measurement company, Modern Survey, Don oversees the organization’s consulting and employee measurement practices. Don’s areas of expertise include understanding employee and customer motivations, developing effective leadership, and creating processes for gathering employee feedback.

A candid and energizing speaker grounded in real-world experience, Don has presented to a range of audiences including state-wide HR conferences, academic institutions, business leadership networks, as well as on-site training groups and executive-level gatherings with leaders from some of the largest companies in the United States. As a presenter, Don promotes interactive discussion and uses hard data and personal stories to stimulate audiences to think critically about important issues.

Harbor Ballroom AB
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Relationship Management
HR Expertise
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