From Orientation to Onboarding — It’s More Than Giving Out a Company Mug

The year was 1990-something, and it was my first day at my first professional job as a pediatric medical office receptionist. I was greeted and then given a binder of standard HR policies and procedures (to read on my own, of course), a stack of forms to fill out, a company mug, and a quick tour of my work space (the front desk). I then spent time observing my friend, who had recommended me for the position, doing basic tasks while we chatted — mainly about our personal lives. By my third shift, I was on my own.

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Big Brother and My Activity Tracker

I received my first wearable mobile device for Christmas: a Jawbone UP24 activity tracker bracelet (“your friend-in-fitness”). This little thing counts my steps and monitors my sleep patterns. Via Bluetooth, it continuously communicates with a companion smartphone app, which interprets and displays my data. The app also lets me enter my weight and food intake, log workouts, and optionally connect to a bunch of third-party apps and devices. Cool!

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Mentor: My Mantra

Informal learning has become an accepted strategy for improving performance in the workplace; and mentoring is one of its key techniques. Mentoring,which provides ongoing performance support from an experienced person to a less-experienced person, can be formal or informal. Until recently, my experience with it has been informal.

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