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Onboarding

Kathryn Alison Rogers CPHR, Senior HR Adviser, CSIRO

Developing, testing and implementing the onboarding process for post-doctoral fellows and their line managers.

“The learning and confidence I gained, and new networks formed through my certification journey have been invaluable."

The CSIRO, Australia’s national science organisation, has 52 sites across the country and employs 5,600 staff. It currently employs 224 post-doctoral fellows, with the number expected to rise.

The CSIRO’s enterprise agreement requires the development of a training and development plan to assist with post-foctoral fellows’ professional development. However, past CSIRO surveys, conferences and panel sessions indicate a low awareness and understanding of this requirement and expectation by both post-doctoral fellows and their line managers.

Kathryn Rogers developed an onboarding process, including a web-based resource site, for post-doctoral fellows and their line managers. This pilot onboarding program was successfully implemented with improved experiences for both parties. At least 87 per cent of the pilot group found the resource site easy to use and relevant.

The onboarding process was launched and is now live across CSIRO.

 

“The impact of my project will result in standardisation across CSIRO in the post-doc space, which will contribute to ensuring our ongoing quest to be an employer of choice for post-docs," says Kathryn.

"On a personal level, the learnings I gained and new networks formed through my certification journey have been invaluable. These have also resulted in me being successful in gaining an exciting secondment opportunity within my organisation.”

This was first published in the March 2018 issue of the HRM magazine.