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January Lunch and Learn

January 18, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Bee's Knees Catering
850 Lindsay Blvd
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

As any HR professional will tell you, employees are an organizations most valuable assets.  What companies are doing to recruit, retain and invest in their employees starts well before those employees even walk through the door.  Orientation is an event, onboarding is a process. The purpose of this presentation is to give insight into the importance of having a continuous onboarding program and how the Idaho National Laboratory instituted such a program.  Onboarding is an imperative step in an employee’s integration into an organization. An Aberdeen Group study of 230 industry-leading companies showed that 31% of new hires make the decision to quit their jobs within the first six months. Additionally, it takes a new hire approximately six months to become a contributing member of the team. In that study, those companies who had a full life-cycle onboarding program saw 62% of employees hired in the last 12 months meet their first performance milestones on time, as compared to only 17% of new employees at companies that did not have an onboarding program in place. Additionally, these companies with onboarding programs saw greater retention rates, higher employee engagement, and year-over-year hiring manager satisfaction increases by 33%.  As an HR professional you have direct input and usually direct ownership of this process.  Investing in your new hire’s success is a direct investment into your organization’s success.


Presented by Kimberly Waetje
Kimberly Waetje is a Senior Talent Acquisition Business Partner at the Idaho National Laboratory.  She has been working in the executive recruiting industry for the last ten years in industries that range from biotech and pharmaceuticals, to nuclear energy and cyber security.  Over the course of her nearly three years at the Idaho National Laboratory she has been an integral part of providing strategic cradle to grave recruitment support and consultation to various Laboratory organizations.  Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University and is completing a Master’s Degree in Organizational and Industrial Psychology.



$15.00 Current SEI SHRM Chapter member

$20.00 Non- SEI SHRM Chapter member

$15.00 Current SEI SHRM Chapter member with 1st time guest

$10.00 Full Time Students Only Please