Learning and improvement are a big part of Eagle Hill’s culture. So is our philosophy that in our Eagle Hill family, every employee’s input is valued and encouraged. As we grew, we wanted to better integrate new hires into that culture, and to empower them to rise to success. When a group of employees offered suggestions to strengthen our onboarding process, our leadership gave them the reins (and the support) to explore.
When employees suggested establishing a formal onboarding program as a strategic initiative, we chose to move proactively—before our new hire needs outpaced our existing program.
We were already working hard to recruit the best of the best. But we needed to make sure we were equipping our new hires to succeed—and stay.
As the company grew, we wanted a repeatable way to welcome new hires into our award-winning culture.
Growing our onboarding program was the perfect challenge for the Eagle Hill Employee Council to launch an employee-driven initiative.
Today, our onboarding starts with an orientation. But it extends far beyond an employee's first few days with an established timeline and milestones for a new hire’s entire first year.
"The usual": Orientation, paperwork, training on systems and policies
New hire scavenger Hunt to meet more of the team
Comprehensive brand training, including social media and effective writing
Specific project onboarding with established checkpoints
Meeting with an assigned career advisor
Regular check-ins to discuss projects and ask questions
Guidance on how and when to get involved with core teams and internal initiatives
Help building an internal network and tools for recognizing colleagues
Tips on presenting ideas to leadership and getting involved in business development
Introductions to diversity & inclusion
Seminars on the business development process
The buddy program pairs new hires with established Eagle Hillers to give them someone they can connect with right away.
Helps new hires get answers and become part of the team more seamlessly
Provides a point person for questions outside of project teams and supervisors
Offers colleagues the chance to connect over coffee and lunches
Sends friendly reminders about onboarding progress and checkpoints
Reminds current employees of their value to Eagle Hill
Creates lasting rapport and relationships between employees
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