Why new-hire orientations shouldn't focus on the company

04/1/2013 | HBS Working Knowledge

Employers often see on-boarding as a way to introduce the company, but research suggests on-boarding should revolve around employees. In a study, employees who were asked questions during orientation about their individual strengths performed better and were less likely to quit in the first seven months than were employees who were subjected to presentations about the company, according to a paper by business-school professors Daniel Cable, Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats.

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