Feature Article - May/June 2008

The Front Lines of Employee Engagement

8 Do's to Upgrade Recruiting and On-Boarding

By Catherine Eberlein Pfister



In today's business landscape, there is an increasing connection between a company's financial performance and its overall ability to recruit, engage and retain its employees.

This issue of Premium Incentive Products looks at employee recruiting and on-boarding, as the 'front lines' of engagement. In coming months we'll look at other employee engagement business strategies, including how to motivate a multigenerational workforce, and what a global workforce means to incentive development and management.

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The Front Lines of Employee Engagement
8 Do's to Upgrade Recruiting and On-Boarding

The issue of what constitutes high-caliber recruiting, on-boarding and orientation for new employees brings to mind a story posted on a recruiting industry blog, about a Soul that went to Hell:

When the Soul arrived, it found that Hell was a beautiful place, and the Devil was dressed in a flowing white gown.

The Devil asked the Soul, "Would you like to stay?" To which the Soul replied, "This is a beautiful place, not at all what I expected. Yes, I'll stay."

Suddenly, the beautiful place became one of suffering, cold and darkness.

The Soul cried out, "What happened? This was such a beautiful place, and now it's horrifying!"

The Devil replied, "The interview is over. Now you're staff. Welcome."