I don’t generally go to Facebook to find fodder for my Staffing Talk posts, but in a rare visit recently, I saw a women I know raving about an awesome onboarding experience her recently employed daughter had with her new company.
The company is called Starkey Hearing Technologies, (used to be Starkey Laboratories until a recent name change) a hearing aid producer in Minneapolis. The CEO and founder is a philanthropic powerhouse by the name of Bill Austin, who also started the Starkey Hearing Foundation in 1984. He gets people such as Alex Rodriguez, Barbara Bush, daughter of former president George W. Bush, Miley Cyrus, former president Bill Clinton and loads of other luminaries to travel around the U.S. – and the world – to help fit kids, particularly those living in poverty, with custom-made, digital hearing aids.
So anyway, what really gave this Facebook post some credibility is the credentials of the mom. She has an M.A. in Adult Learning, and a Ph.D. in Training and Development, and is a high level corporate consultant in the areas of personal, team and management development. Here is her post.
…eldest daughter started working for Starkey Labs this week. I am b-l-o-w-n away at their engagement/excellence practices. For ex: contacted by a mentor be4started, Facebook intros by several employees before she started, full week of orientation including overview of the mission work Starkey does, how she can get involved, health and wellness promotions, talks by seasoned employees, book that includes Starkey and it’s world wide mission work (they make hearing aids) – all about innovation and how to suggest ideas to the company, clear dress code, monthly measures of how one is doing… seriously??!!! I may try to get a job there!
Good stuff, huh?? Anyone else have any onboarding stories to share, good or bad, personal or anecdotal?