MVV onboarding for new hires
Your mission, vision, and values are the lifeblood of your company. Alignment around your MVV breaks down quickly if you’re not highly intentional about it with new hires.
Here are some concrete steps to integrate your MVV with your onboarding process:
Before day one: if you’ve done it right, the new hire has demonstrated an understanding and genuine interest in your MVV by the time you extend an offer. Before day one is a good time
to provide or resurface content that conveys the MVV. This can be a pitch deck (e.g. Hubspot’s culture deck) or it can be a richer format like a voice or video recording of the CEO speaking
about the MVV.
On day one: address the MVV as the first order of business. There is no ‘right’ way, just make the priority clear. If you’re onboarding a group of new hires, try employing a duo of
well-respected cultural leaders to deliver the MVV overview message. This format encourages a back and forth dynamic which can be both engaging and effective.
Foster one-on-one relationships early: new hires most closely emulate their immediate team. Encourage immediate team members to set up one-on-one conversations with the new person and
get above the day-to-day logistics. Remind everyone on the team that they play a role in walking the talk for the new hire, regardless of level.
Show > tell: whenever possible, tell stories. Most companies have a few favorite legends that get recited regularly. A little embellishment around the edges – the natural tendency of
legends – can help emphasize the MVV takeaways. Don’t just recite the words behind the MVV, make them come alive with stories.