Perfect Phrases for Onboarding Baby Boomers

Boomers are the dominant generational group in the workforce, but not necessarily the dominant group that is onboarding. They are, however, the largest group in the workforce today. The boomers were expected to be leaving their jobs in droves by now and retiring, but the recent economic changes have kept them in place. They will find themselves in the minority, however, with Gen Xers and Gen Ys in orientation and onboarding, and will respond differently based on their backgrounds and experiences. Because baby boomers embrace the corporate structure, are comfortable with formality, want to be in charge, and love to win, they have very different needs as it relates to supporting their successful orientation and onboarding.

  1. Welcome! We are lucky to have you with your knowledge and experience.
  2. It’s great to have someone on board who knows (understands) the industry.
  3. The reason we hired you for this role is ___________________.
  4. Our organization is probably similar to what you know in these ways: __________________________.
  5. Our organization is somewhat different from what you may be used to in these ways: _________________________________.
  6. You will participate in a half-day orientation program on your first day, then move into a formal onboarding period for 90 days.
  7. Here is how you are doing compared to your onboarding plan: ___________________________________.
  8. What I see you have delivered versus what I have expected from you in your first 90 days is _____________________________.
  9. Let’s talk about your progress on your onboarding objectives.
  10. Tell me about some of your “early wins” or “quick hits” that you have accomplished to establish some early credibility.
  11. Now that you have been successful with ______________________________, let’s add this next piece: ________________________________________.
  12. Communication in our organization is mostly (face-to-face, e-mail, voice mail, whichever apply).
  13. The ways in which you were successful in your previous role may not always happen for you here. Let’s talk about the differences.
  14. We have a collaborative culture, so it is important that you communicate with the team throughout the whole process. For example, meeting notes, pre-meeting conversations, and post-meeting debriefings are expected.
  15. One thing to consider as you work on that project is to be inclusive and be clear about each person’s role and responsibilities.
  16. We have a very lean organization, and here is what that means for your role:.