Original broadcast date: Wednesday April 6, 2016

Presenter: Donna Kridelbaugh

Developing a culture of open communications within an organization begins with the onboarding process. The proper onboarding of new hires results in better-prepared employees who are productive faster and overall more satisfied. The prevalence of virtual collaborations in science and industry is increasing; however, more communication issues are introduced with remote teams and can make onboarding a challenge. Many of these challenges can be addressed with a well-designed communications plan that provides employees with clear guidelines and expectations for communications, along with access to resources and proper training. This webinar will focus on practical tools and tips to build open and honest relationships with new employees whom you may never meet in person.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of engaging employees at all levels of the organization, especially during the onboarding process
  • Be introduced to tools, tips, and resources that can help foster open communications with virtual team members
  • Learn to develop effective internal communications guidelines as part of a virtual collaboration plan, with an emphasis on onboarding components

Donna Kridelbaugh of Science Mentor Consulting holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager. She is currently a strategic communications consultant who helps people, projects, and programs be successful through increasing visibility and online presence, securing funding, and developing effective outreach programs. She also freelance writes for publications such as Lab Manager on a variety of professional development topics to help advance the careers of scientists.


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