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Expectations vs. Reality – My Onboarding Experience

As a new graduate, I can’t emphasise enough the importance of onboarding and how, as an employer, it should be at the front of your mind. It’s so much more than just going through the motions, giving your new employee a computer (installing all of the countless required updates), the Wi-Fi password and an office tour. There is nothing worse than having the best candidate experience leading up to the job offer, only to be let down by a manager who doesn’t know anything about you, having arbitrary goals being forced upon you without any consideration and a team who doesn’t know where you fit in.

Luckily for me, this wasn’t my experience! Some of my classmates weren’t so fortunate.

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A Game of Roles

We often assume people can just come together and work as an effective, collective team. In reality, this is hardly ever the case! Understanding individual team members and their purpose or function within a team is paramount for a successful, cohesive and effective team. Our Work Roles Report does this and more! The report identifies an individual’s work style preferences based on the way they interact with others and their approach to work. These preferences are represented by 8 different Work Roles, each with their own strengths and weakness.

So, what are the work roles?

  1. Analysts use their intellect and expertise to break down and evaluate information. They seek the right answers.
  2. Innovators take a creative approach to problem-solving and often develop long term strategies.
  3. Relators actively communicate with others and can help improve social interaction.
  4. Assertors readily take control of situations and coordinate people well. They prefer to be the leader.
  5. Optimists tend to be resilient and can stay calm under pressure. They help keep morale high.
  6. Supporters attend to the needs of others and prefer a team-oriented approach.
  7. Finishers focus on getting things completed to a high standard and pay attention to detail. They tend to be meticulous and check things thoroughly.
  8. Strivers push hard to achieve ambitious results. They are often highly enterprising and competitive.

With the wildly successful HBO Series Game of Thrones now complete… our Monday’s will never be the same and we’re already in withdrawal. So, to celebrate the end of an era, we’ve analysed some of Daenerys’ squad using our Work Roles framework and identified their Primary and Secondary Work Roles and the way these unique interactions play out.

Check it out below and let us know if you agree, or what role you would give them instead!

Warning: this post contains spoilers!

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Saville Assessment at the 2018 AAGE Conference

AAGE Pearls of Wisdom

We’re excited for the upcoming 2018 AAGE Graduate Recruitment and Development Conference!

Being held this year in the Melbourne Crown Conference Centre on the 31st October – 2nd November, the event is sure to be a success.

This year’s theme is “Pearls of Wisdom – Reflecting on the past for a changing future“. That’s why in our session “Let’s Workshop Diversity”, we will reflect on our combined past experiences and expertise to help attendees prepare and prioritise for a changing future.

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Seven factors affecting the outcomes of your selection process

Selection is arguably the most important aspect of HR and is critical to the continued success of your organisation. So what do you need to be aware of when developing your selection process?

There are a number of factors which affect the outcomes of an organisation’s selection process, we’ve outlined seven that you should be aware of.

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Recruit your next employee fairly and objectively

recruit on talent not likability

A struggle faced by many managers responsible for hiring new employees is to recruit fairly and objectively to allow all applicants an equal chance. While the recruitment and selection effort begins with the best intentions, personal bias can inadvertently find its way into the decision-making process. This can result in a situation that we as consultants see quite often; “We really like the candidate though, shouldn’t we just give them a chance?”

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