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New OPM guidance aims to help senior executives "hit the ground running"


Wed Oct 19 2011


(From FederalNewsRadio.com) -- Making sure new employees are fully integrated into an agency is important — especially when that new employee is the boss or a high-powered senior executive.

The Office of Personnel Management is rolling out a new one-year transition framework to help new executives transition better and faster through an "onboarding" process.


OPM's plan, called "Hit the Ground Running," includes checklists and goals for new high-level hires.

John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris the onboarding model has been gaining traction across the government and for a variety of positions.

"Everybody can think back to a time when they started a new job and had a bad onboarding experience," Palguta said. "They showed up on the first day, the organization wasn't ready for them, they had a desk but nothing on it, IT had not gotten them a password and it was just a terrible experience."

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