Four Weeks to Work Team Playbook

Joining a team already in motion requires a new hire to rapidly onboard to have any chance at success. A practical guide and introduction to prepare teams for pre-boarding new hires from offer to first day. Four Weeks to Work Team Book is a pre-boarding program that helps prepare the hiring manager and team for the arrival of a new member.

Why this Playbook

The Four Weeks to Work Team Book leverages the typical pre-hire experience storyline to provide support and assistance to the new employee in a form with which they will readily identify and can better assist the employee with their first day and improve his/her performance start.  Four Weeks to Work Team Book minds the onboarding gap. Through a pre-boarding preparation of the hiring manager and team, it links the outreach success of recruiting to the initial onboarding and performance needed on day one. While simple, it is a critical element to a new employee’s journey and success.

Who is the Playbook for

Four weeks is the typical time period between jobs or starting a new role. For the prospective employee, accepting an offer sets off a sequence of events that, over the next month, will shape and alter their routines and habits, their career, and even their identity. For the hiring manager, team, and organization, these four weeks are a wait time until your journey intersects with their work. The Four Weeks to Work Team Book assists the hiring manager and the team to create an engaging pre-hire and onboarding experience that provides momentum for a successful performance start on day one. With the increased pace of skills migrating and transitioning to new technologies and new digital workflows, the importance of quickly forging a strong link between the new employee and the organization has never been more important. Aligning the manager, team and new employee with their expected performance provides greater flexibility for the organization to change their dynamics and execute their strategies.

Four Weeks to Work Team Book

Playbook Stats

  • 96 Pages
  • 14 journeys
  • 2 perspectives (manager and team)
  • 27 worksheets
  • 20 references and links to great resources to extend the experience
  • 14 recommended books
  • 10 influencers on Twitter
  • 11 videos links
  • 4 Spotify playlists and podcasts
  • 8 pages to take notes and bring your pre-boarding strategy to life
  • 1 Office Dog Avatar
  • 2 Digital Formats – Kindle and PDF
  • 1 Print Format 

What is a Digital Playbook?

The playbook is a digital-first book which provides an engaging starting point for teams and new hires. The playbook can be accessed on any device with an internet connection. Progress is at an entirely self-directed pace and leveraging an always-on approach, users can reach social channels inside the experience, such as live Twitter feeds, videos, and even suggested readings, playlists, and podcasts.

Read a sample of the playbook (right).

How to Get Your Copy

This playbook is geared to organizations moving and embracing pre-hire experiences in their onboarding processes. Three versions of the playbook are available:

Digital Playbook

This playbook is a digital-first book which provides an engaging starting point for learning design and development. This playbook is accessible via Kindle, interactive pdf, and other digital formats. This playbook can be pushed out to the managers and teams on their device and provide opportunities to practice and develop ideas for your own pre-boarding development.

Print Playbook

With print-on-demand, printed playbooks can be easily deployed. The print version provides a personalized, off-line workbook in which you can take notes and help onboard teams and new hires effectively.

Customized Enterprise and Team Playbooks

Pair your corporate brand messaging with the detailed instruction of this playbook. This playbook is available for enterprises and teams to customize and integrate into their learning processes. For details or questions, contact us or visit the custom solutions section of this playbook for ideas on how this playbook can be branded and customized for your onboarding programs.

What is Four Weeks?

Four weeks is the typical time period between jobs or starting a new role. For the prospective employee, accepting an offer sets off a sequence of events that, over the next month, will shape and alter their routines and habits, their career, and even their identity. For the hiring manager, team, and organization, these four weeks are a wait time until your journey intersects with their work. 

What is Pre-boarding?

Pre-boarding is the time period between offer acceptance and the first day, and is a specific subset of onboarding. Pre-boarding is set to an easy pace that allows the employee to feel great about their decision and prepare them for success in the first days of the new role. Pre-boarding programs engage the new hire beginning with offer acceptance, preparing them to jump into the first day with momentum. 

Why Pre-board?

Pre-boarding has a purpose. It is the transition from the end of one chapter to the beginning of another. It is important to progress through pre-boarding in the right way so that you carry forward the confidence from the interview into the first day. Pre-boarding can be a celebration and a time to shed stress and any preconceived notions the employee has in order to be open and ready for a performance start.

How SmarterMedium Can Help?

Joining a team already in motion requires new hires to rapidly onboard to have any chance at success. Advances in recruiting – to more diversified populations – are uplifting to the digital economy. Concurrently, the exponential pace of the digital economy is driving digital fluency to an even greater demand to reaching full performance. Unsupported, people not digitally fluent will continue to struggle and fail. 

We ‘Mind the Gap’. We link the outreach success of recruiting to the initial performance needed on day one. While simple, it is a critical element to a prospective employee’s journey and success. Accepting a job offer sets off a sequence of events that shape routines, career, and even identity. We leverage this storyline to provide assistance to the new employee in a form with which they will readily identify and so they can better prepare for their first day, improving his/her performance start. 

Four Weeks Playbook Cover

Four Weeks to Work
Pre-boarding Playbook

Pre-boarding Journey from offer to First Day. Pre-boarding is the time period between offer acceptance and the first day and is a specific subset of onboarding. Pre-boarding is set to an easy pace that allows the employee to feel great about their decision and prepare them for success in the first days of the new role. Our pre-boarding playbook engages the new hire beginning with offer acceptance, preparing them to jump into the first day with momentum.

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