The 3 keys to a remarkable & successful onboarding program are: connection, context, and clarity.

Let’s talk about connecting.

You want to create a great onboarding experience because:

1) 69% of new hires stay 3 years getting you off the hiring roller coaster.
2) Properly onboarded new hires get up to speed 25% faster
3) it makes the experience fun instead of being boring

How do you connect?

Oh gosh, I said connection. Don’t run for the hills? Nobody is holding hands and singing kumbaya.

Thanks to brain science there so many little things you can bond about with your new hire. Best of all you have a cheat sheet- their application.

It can be as simple as having similar sounding names or names that start with the same letter.

  • Grow up or go to college in the same town or same coast? Bingo.
  • Have the same birthday month?
  • Both love traveling.

Literally, anything can work. Science says we are more open to people when we share something in common.

Use any if these connections points during your 1st welcome meeting.

Not only will you vibe with your new hire, it will put you at ease because you have something planned to break the ice.

Caution. Don’t hide behind the shield of professionalism. There’s a way to be the boss without being distant.

Remember, people leave people not jobs. Think about that.

Want help with your orientation plan? Join me at Orientation and Onboarding Success for Lawyers

Get engaged, motivated and loyal new hires who help you soar.

Hurry though. There are only 15 seats so everyone gets personal attention and, this is the last time the half-day workshop will be offered at this price.


Dina Lynch Eisenberg, JD, is the CEO of, an outsourcing training/consulting firm for successful lawyers and entrepreneurs based in Oakland, CA.

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