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Finding Talent, Onboarding New Hires, and Performance Management for Start-ups

The goal of this session is to give participants practical information about hiring, onboarding, and managing people, with a specific view of the challenges that start-up organizations face. It is light on theory and instead focused on providing “go dos”, checklists, and other helpful tactical resources. The session is structured to be highly interactive, offering participants a chance to network with peers and share tips and best practices with one another. The session covers three broad areas:

I. Hiring Talent

How do you find the right talent for your team? Topics in this section include:

  • Start-up hiring challenges
  • Key steps in the talent hiring process
  • Understanding the importance of your company’s values and culture in attracting talent
  • Creating job descriptions
  • Sourcing, screening, and scheduling candidates
  • What to do before, during, and after conducting interviews

II. Onboarding New Hires

The search for talent has been successful and you have hired someone. Now comes the time to integrate them into your company’s unique culture through a thoughtful and intentional onboarding process. Topics in this section include:

  • Typical onboarding challenges
  • Creating a new hire “first 90 days” plan
  • Best practices for making new employees feel welcome
  • The “onboarding checklist”

III. Managing for Performance

With all the time and effort that goes into finding and onboarding talent, companies need to ensure they manage and mentor employees in a way that sees them performing their jobs to the best of their abilities. This part of the session includes:

  • The importance of coaching conversations
  • Performance management challenges
  • How to set effective goals for team members
  • Keys to successfully delivering feedback
  • How to structure a coaching conversation
  • Best practices for employee management

About Devreve:

Devreve, Inc. was founded by Ian Levitt and Shann McGrail—both former Microsoft employees with a wealth of combined experience in software development, sales, and professional services.

The name Devreve is a combination of “Dev” (for development) and “reve” which draws on the French word for dream (“rêve”).

Devreve’s tagline, “Dream It. Build It.”, reflects our passion for taking the vision of a better end-state (dream it) and developing awesome solutions to realize that vision (build it).

About the Speakers:

Shann McGrail, Executive Director, Haltech & Co-Founder, Devreve

Shann’s 20+ years in the technology industry have inspired her love for developing the potential of people and teams and amplifying results through the power of technology.

Her current portfolio of work includes helping technology companies educate customers and tell their stories, furthering the advancement of women in communications, media, and technology, coaching for potential, and bringing the power of Improv to business challenges.

Ian Levitt, Co-founder & Lead Developer

With a lifelong passion for technology and the magic of software, customers will benefit from the more than 20 years of experience that Ian’s oversight brings to every project.

Ian is currently working on developing solutions that make full use of the Windows 10 universal app platform and the power of Microsoft Azure.

Lunch will be provided by At the Table, YWCA Hamilton’s social enterprise that caters a variety of fine foods, while at the same time providing healthy meals and training to women in our Transitional Living Program.

Please email brigitte.huard@innovationfactory.ca with any dietary requirement by Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at noon.

This session is generously supported by Haltech, Halton’s Regional Innovation Centre