How to get your new hires from zero to 100 in weeks

The art of 'onboarding' is more important than ever so you can quickly assess if you've picked a winner.By Angelina Chapin

The first few months with a new hire can feel like a prolonged first date as you warily check for signs of good chemistry. But how, and how soon, should you know if the newcomer is a good fit? A recent survey by Toronto staffing service the Creative Group found, for example, that advertising and marketing executives give new workers an average of 10 weeks to make a good impression. That's too long, experts say, and lay the blame on a poorly managed initiation process — "onboarding," in HR–speak. Continue reading...