How do I train new staff to think not just strategically, but to also understand our business' culture?

Bringing new talent onboard can be tedious, because it takes time for new employees to adapt to a new work environment.

Bringing new talent onboard can be tedious, because it takes time for new employees to adapt to a new work environment. In my experience, the orientation process, whether formal or informal, is the most important step in welcoming a new member to the team and can require continual adjustments and improvements. The key is to have a plan.

Full immersion into the company's culture offers the best opportunity for smooth transitions. The perfect career jump-start begins with hands-on experience and an understanding of the company's mission and culture within the industry. Offering unique and surmountable challenges will give employees the chance to tackle something new. It also makes for positive associations with your company.

Assigning a seasoned and positive employee as a resource to a new team member can create the feeling of community and security within a company.

The orientation process takes an investment of human capital, time, and budget, but with some advanced planning, your company can produce employees who are not only productive, but devoted to your brand.

Michele Smith is president and CEO of M Strategies.

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