OPM Establishes New Model for Executive Onboarding: The Office of Personnel Management Is Setting New Standards for Executive Training in the Public Sector

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OPM Establishes New Model for Executive Onboarding: The Office of Personnel Management Is Setting New Standards for Executive Training in the Public Sector


Castellano, Stephanie, Talent Development


According to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), 16 percent of executive new hires in the federal government failed to reach the end of their first year in a new job, either voluntarily resigning or being terminated for performance that fell well below expectations. The culprit? A study by the Corporate Leadership Council found several reasons, among them a poor cultural fit between the new hire and the organization, lack of clarity about what is expected of the new leader, and a failure to inspire trust among staff and peers. The cure? According to OPM, it's an effective executive onboarding program.

OPM, in conjunction with the Senior Executives Association and the Partnership for Public Service, hosted a one-day focus group to discuss the challenges inherent to executive onboarding, as well as possible solutions. They recently unveiled the results of their efforts: "Hit the Ground Running: Establishing a Model for Executive Onboarding" is a plan for implementing an executive onboarding program within one's organization and proving the business case for it. The plan recommends designing an onboarding program to help executives understand the organization's mission, key stakeholders, and business goals; navigate internal relationships and networks; and gain awareness of unwritten rules or cultural nuances. …

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