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How to Add Skip-Level One-on-Ones to Your Management Toolbox

Michael Boufford

Michael Boufford is the VP of Engineering at Greenhouse. He was the first employee/engineer at the company and currently the head of all engineering teams including Product, Customer Solutions, Infrastructure, Automation & QA, Data Science, Security, and IT. He's a regular speaker/panelist at conferences and events including NASDAQ CTO Summit, Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference, and SiriusXM Business Radio.

The problem

As a manager of managers, it is hard to get enough visibility into your direct reports' organizations to provide specific and actionable feedback.

The solution

In my experience, the most useful forum for finding out the “why” and “how” behind what managers are doing has been via skip-level one-on-ones. I have nearly 60 engineers on my team, but I still make sure to find time to meet with each person at least once per quarter. There are a number of benefits to doing this, but in this article I'm going to focus on one angle: finding out what's going on inside of each manager's team so I can offer specific and actionable feedback on how to improve.

What does a skip-level one-on-one look like—and how can you implement them without freaking out your managers? Read on to find out...

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3 Ways to Create Lasting Relationships with Employee Alumni

Melissa Suzuno

Melissa Suzuno is the Content Marketing Manager at Greenhouse, where she gets to share her love of the written word and endorse the use of the Oxford comma on a daily basis. Before joining Greenhouse, Melissa built out the content marketing programs at Parklet (an onboarding and employee experience solution) and AfterCollege (a job search resource for recent grads), so she's made it a bit of a habit to help people get excited about and invested in their work. Find Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn.

In this series, we’ve been covering how to handle employee departures in a thoughtful and comprehensive way. Check out our previous posts to learn about the problems that arise when ignoring employee departuresthe benefits of investing in offboarding, and how to handle compliance issues for both voluntary and involuntary departures. Or, if you’d like to get all this content (and more!) in one place, be sure to download your copy of the Employee Departure Best Practices eBook.

It’s a fact of the modern-day workforce: Most employees won’t stay with your company forever. But this doesn’t mean that an employee’s last day has to be their last interaction with you. Your organization’s alumni may grow to be your future clients, applicant referrers, and even boomerang employees. But this type of continuing support and engagement will only work if you take the time to maintain your company’s relationship with this group. Here are a few suggestions for staying in touch with former employees.

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(Not) Breaking the Law: Ensuring Compliance During Offboarding

Melissa Suzuno

Melissa Suzuno is the Content Marketing Manager at Greenhouse, where she gets to share her love of the written word and endorse the use of the Oxford comma on a daily basis. Before joining Greenhouse, Melissa built out the content marketing programs at Parklet (an onboarding and employee experience solution) and AfterCollege (a job search resource for recent grads), so she's made it a bit of a habit to help people get excited about and invested in their work. Find Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn.

There are a number of things to consider when employees leave your company. How you’ll communicate this information to their team and other coworkers. Who will take over their responsibilities. Whether you’ll be organizing a farewell happy hour, and if so, whether Joe will use the opportunity to practice his awkward stand-up routine.

All jokes aside, in this post, we'll look at some of the compliance issues to keep in mind whenever an employee leaves your company. 

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What Is Employee Experience (And Why Should You Care)?

Melissa Suzuno

Melissa Suzuno is the Content Marketing Manager at Greenhouse, where she gets to share her love of the written word and endorse the use of the Oxford comma on a daily basis. Before joining Greenhouse, Melissa built out the content marketing programs at Parklet (an onboarding and employee experience solution) and AfterCollege (a job search resource for recent grads), so she's made it a bit of a habit to help people get excited about and invested in their work. Find Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn.

The working world used to be pretty predictable. Young people would apply for a few jobs, choose one they liked, and stick with it.

Oh, how the times have changed!

Wondering what those changes mean for you and the way you recruit and retain top talent? Let's investigate...

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Why Everyone Should Invest in Employee Offboarding

Melissa Suzuno

Melissa Suzuno is the Content Marketing Manager at Greenhouse, where she gets to share her love of the written word and endorse the use of the Oxford comma on a daily basis. Before joining Greenhouse, Melissa built out the content marketing programs at Parklet (an onboarding and employee experience solution) and AfterCollege (a job search resource for recent grads), so she's made it a bit of a habit to help people get excited about and invested in their work. Find Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Catered breakfast. Balloons. Scavenger hunts. When it comes to welcoming new hires, we've heard about all sorts of novel and fun ways to celebrate their arrival. It's well documented that first impressions matter and the effort you make for your new hires can directly tie in with their satisfaction and longevity at your company.

But what happens on that fateful day when an employee hands in their notice? Or when you’re responsible for managing an involuntary departure like a layoff or a firing?

It turns out that offboarding is an oft-neglected part of the employee lifecycle.

Here's why it shouldn't be.

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How to Include Remote Employees in Your Company Culture

Melissa Suzuno

Melissa Suzuno is the Content Marketing Manager at Greenhouse, where she gets to share her love of the written word and endorse the use of the Oxford comma on a daily basis. Before joining Greenhouse, Melissa built out the content marketing programs at Parklet (an onboarding and employee experience solution) and AfterCollege (a job search resource for recent grads), so she's made it a bit of a habit to help people get excited about and invested in their work. Find Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn.

If you’ve been in an office lately, you’ve probably noticed that today’s workplaces look and feel a lot different than they used to. Open plan arrangements have replaced cubicles, sleek monitors and laptops have phased out clunky computers, and even the desks themselves tend to be movable and adjustable instead of stationary pieces of furniture.

But one of the biggest changes to the workforce is with the employees themselves—instead of gathering in one central location, many companies are adopting the distributed approach, where employees are scattered around the globe. This arrangement allows more flexibility with working locations and hours, but it also leads to a big question: How do you create a company culture and unify a workforce that’s not in the same physical space?

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Let's Talk About Employee Departures

Melissa Suzuno

Melissa Suzuno is the Content Marketing Manager at Greenhouse, where she gets to share her love of the written word and endorse the use of the Oxford comma on a daily basis. Before joining Greenhouse, Melissa built out the content marketing programs at Parklet (an onboarding and employee experience solution) and AfterCollege (a job search resource for recent grads), so she's made it a bit of a habit to help people get excited about and invested in their work. Find Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn.

It happens to everyone at some point. For one reason or another, you have employees who choose to—or have to—leave your company.

Whether you refer to it as offboarding, departures, graduation, or something else, it’s essential to put some thought into what happens during an employee’s final weeks, days, and hours with your company (as well as what comes next).

Let's look at a few reasons why it's so important to consider employee departures.

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Think Employee Engagement & Company Culture Are the Same Thing? Think Again!

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Catherine Spence is co-founder and head of product at Pomello, a culture analytics technology that helps your company build a high-performance culture. Previously, Catherine was a Vice President and Investment Strategist at BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors, and she received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Follow Catherine and Pomello on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Aren't employee engagement and company culture the same thing? Not exactly, says guest author Catherine Spence.

Learn how to distinguish between these related concepts and why both are essential to your company's success.

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Take Your New Hire Onboarding to the Next Level with Infographics

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Sara McGuire is a Content Editor at Venngage infographics. When she isn't writing research-driven articles for a number of business and marketing sites, she enjoys reading graphic novels and writing music reviews. Follow Sara on Twitter.

People who follow directions with text and illustrations do 323% better than people following directions without illustrations.

So perhaps it's time to incorporate visual elements into your People programs, like new hire onboarding.

Curious about putting this in practice, but not sure what it would look like? Keep reading!

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6 Ways to Involve Your Entire Company in New Hire Onboarding

Melissa Suzuno

Melissa Suzuno is Content Marketing Manager at Greenhouse, where she gets to share her love of the written word and endorse the use of the Oxford comma on a daily basis. Before joining Greenhouse, Melissa built out the content marketing programs at Parklet (an onboarding and employee experience solution) and AfterCollege (a job search resource for recent grads), so she's made it a bit of a habit to help people get excited about and invested in their work. Find Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Think you know what new hire onboarding looks like? If you see visions of stuffy conference rooms and stacks of paperwork, it might be time for a little image overhaul.

Read on to discover what a cross-departmental, collaborative, and comprehensive onboarding program can look like!

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