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Building Connections from Day One: Activities for Integrating New Hires

  • December 10, 2024
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • 70 South 7 (UAFS Location in FS's Bakery District)


  • Non-Members are welcome! Please use the Guest button to register.
  • This event is $25 WAHRA members who have paid their 2022 membership dues!


Building Connections from Day One:  Activities for Integrating New Hires

Presented by Alexandra Suchman, CEO and Co-Founder, Barometer XP (Washington, DC)  

Do your new hires feel like they belong? How does belonging impact retention?  In this session, Alexandra Suchman explores the barriers to forming new relationships faced by new hires, and share several simple ideas for how to incorporate more opportunities for relationship-building and connection into the employee onboarding process.

The need for activities that encourage connection is especially critical for remote and hybrid teams. This session will focus on simple activities teams can do to help foster individual connections and a sense of belonging between new and existing team members. During the session, you'll try out different activities that encourage storytelling to learn more about each other's backgrounds, help uncover shared interests, and inspire fun shared memories for the new team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore barriers to forming new relationships faced by new hires.
  • Design effective team bonding sessions for integrating new hires into in-person and distributed teams.
  • Lead engaging activities to catalyze connections between new and existing employees.

Free parking is available in a number of locations including the lots

  • adjacent to the National Cemetery (north edge) on Garland Avenue (FREE)
  • adjacent to the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center on the east side of Wheeler (Free)
  • and for a nominal rate in metered spaces and the parking garage at 715 Rogers Avenue.

Building Connections From Day One has been submitted to both SHRM and HRCI for professional development approval. 

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