Global New Employee Orientation: Services

Getting experienced new hires up to speed at a high growth professional services firm

Client Case Study

Situation

This fast-paced technology and consulting firm partners with Fortune 1000 clients to build and deliver information technology solutions to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage. Over the past two years, their employee base has quadrupled in number to meet increased customer demands. The company expects this success and growth to continue and believes that a consistent and aligned culture and methodology is critical to sustaining high client and employee satisfaction.

The company wanted to:

  • Decrease speed to productivity and time to ramp
  • Support 30% + employee growth rate per quarter effectively and efficiently
  • Build new employee engagement and branding
  • Drive client satisfaction

Complications

  • Global growth in 7 countries was stretching resources
  • Retaining the company culture during expansion
  • Getting qualified resources to fulfill increasing complex global client demands within a tight labor market

Approach

  1. Assess & Design: Custom designed 5-day experiential new employee orientation program focused on administration/benefits, managing change and personal transitions, internal and external branding, company strategy, values, and value proposition, career development, business units, conflict management, project management, scope creep, problem solving, presentations, public speaking, meeting management, consulting, communication, teaming, solution selling, methodologies, technologies, politics, resources, mentoring, and strategic thinking.
  2. Pilot: Piloted 4 sessions in California, Virginia, New York, and Germany.
  3. Continuous Improvement: Incorporated feedback and lessons learned into design and delivery.
  4. Implementation: Implemented over 150 5-day new employee orientation programs in North America and Europe for 2,500 new employees ranging from undergraduates to experienced and executive hires.

Compelling Design Features

  • Used real clients and real projects for simulations and case studies
  • Intranet and knowledge management system built to support entire process
  • Incorporated high-fidelity simulations for mixed levels, experience, functions, and nationalities
  • Performance test used executive team, real clients, and the rest of the company
  • Final day utilized outdoor experiential activities, ropes course, and letters to self to help drive teambuilding for future collaborations

Results

  • Scale: Implemented 150+ 5-day interactive sessions in North America and Europe for over 2,500 new hires
  • Satisfaction: 97% new hire and hiring manager satisfaction
  • Speed to Productivity: 90% more effective employees faster – decreased speed to productivity from 6-9 months to 2-3 weeks
  • Client Satisfaction: 20%+ increase in client satisfaction and service levels
  • Time and money savings based upon utilization rates

Related Information

LSA has a very unique and powerful methodology regarding learning and learning strategy. LSA’s ability to overcome skepticism, obtain executive support, and create an aligned learning strategy that provides measurable business impact is second to none. They partner with you to understand your goals, flex to your needs, and solve your problems – all within your budget. They certainly help make my job easier and are a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend LSA to anyone trying to connect the dots between strategy, skills, knowledge, and results.

Noelle Van Vlierbergen
Human Resources Director

AKQA

LSA’s Employee Engagement Consulting and Survey work has provided critical visibility into: how well our people are holding up under the general economic environment, as well as, the specific challenges that face biotechnology companies in their efforts to discover and develop new medicines; their level of alignment and commitment to XOMA’s Vision and mission critical strategies; how leadership practices and management systems support an environment that engender commitment, and the specific actions that our leaders can take to improve on areas that are important to our people. I highly recommend LSA’s employee engagement solutions.

Chris Wells
Vice President, HR and IT

I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with how the new employee on-boarding project went. The end product is wonderful! LSA has been great to work with. I really appreciate all the flexibility and the high quality.

Laurie Torres
Vice President of Human Resources

PDL

“We turned to LSA to help us custom design and deliver a leadership and management development curriculum to help drive performance. They have done an excellent job diagnosing the business situation, designing an approach that fits our culture, and delivering a first class solution.”

Sally Buchannan
VP Human Resources

We have had a very beneficial partnership with LSA for over 2 years. The recent Leadership Development Program that they designed and customized with us to help us identify, develop, and retain top leaders in the organization was a huge success. It was instrumental in helping take our company and our key people to the next level. I would recommend their training and consulting services to anyone looking to develop and retain top talent.

Steve Janowsky
Vice President of Operations

Proxicom

We partnered with LSA to pilot a customized behavioral interviewing program to help ensure that we continue to hire the best and brightest as we continue to rapidly scale. LSA’s ability to understand our business and our unique culture combined with their desire to ensure that the best practices framework truly fits our performance environment and is highly adopted by our people is a real blessing. Most other firms want to just ‘give you training.’ Not LSA, they are focused on helping me hit our hiring forecasts and attract A players.

Jennifer Remling
Director of Global Recruiting

AKQA

Having a training outsourcing partner like LSA to support our talent management needs has been a real blessing. In an emerging company where typically you can’t afford the infrastructure necessary to provide a full range of offerings to meet the changing needs of an organization, having an external partner who understands our business and our culture and offers everything from a wide range of open enrollment programs to customized organizational development consulting is almost as good (and in some cases better than) having your own internal Training and Organizational Development function.

Chris Wells
Vice President, HR and IT

I consistently look to LSA Global when I need custom programs put together for my client groups. I can always count on LSA to do a thorough needs analysis and to put together spectacular programs that are well received. Their management development and performance management expertise and professionalism make them one of my top-rated learning and development partners.

Stephanie Webb
HR Program Manager

Rambus

The experiential New Employee Orientation was an incredible success for over 2500 new hires in four years across the globe. They partnered with us to create an innovative solution on very short notice, and added a huge amount of value that isn’t reflected in their cost. We could never have done it without their unmatched combination of expertise, professionalism, and creativity that aligned everything with our unique culture. Even our experienced hires were blown away!

Brenda Wagner
Founder and President

Proxicom

I contacted LSA to help us with leadership development. LSA worked with me to identify a solution that would match our needs as well as our personality. The solution was such a huge success. It received rave reviews. I would highly recommend LSA to other companies.

Karen King, SPHR
Manager, Human Resources

Alliance Data

As a Training Outsourcing Partner, LSA consistently saves me time and money by designing the right solutions and quickly bringing us the best experts to solve key business problems in a way that works for our unique culture. Their methodology and resources are fantastic and allow us to deploy better solutions faster. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to raise the talent bar with a true strategic partner.

Tim Bonnet
Director of Training and Organizational Development

Dimension Data

The LSA customized Organizational Alignment Survey gave us a comprehensive view of how our employees experience our culture, talent and strategy.  Equally important, the survey and implementation process goes well beyond the typical engagement survey.  The systemic approach provided us with a great forum to discuss the strengths and opportunities in our organization, and then to quickly get focused on the key actions critical to executing our business and people strategies.

Mark Forrest
General Manager, FSM Division

Trimble

I’m not sure if I’ve run across a company that can match the depth and quality of LSA’s consultants and facilitators. I highly recommend LSA to anyone seeking a strategic training outsourcing and consulting partner to improve performance.

Jeff Coon
VP Human Resources

Exelixis

The action-learning leadership project has been very beneficial to me, our leadership team, and the entire organization. The balance of development and results has been excellent. We have made huge progress, and I was also able to identify 2-3 high potentials while having the extra benefit of people stepping up to carry strategic projects forward. The Staff is very appreciative and has become very comfortable with both the program and the process. It is still going better than anticipated, and I have been very pleased.

Heather Feltman
President & CEO

LSS

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed working with LSA on the design and delivery of the experiential new employee on-boarding training. I’ve been getting tons of positive unsolicited feedback. You truly exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Steven Gray
US Enterprise Services

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