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6 Checklists to Perfect Your New Employee Onboarding Process

6 Checklists to Perfect your New Employee Onboarding ProcessIn this post, I’m going to define and explain the benefits of employee onboarding, then give you access to six employee onboarding checklists.

Use them on their own or import into Process Street, so you can track and automate the work in Slack or Microsoft Teams.

Why checklists?

Well, checklists are the most popular way to onboard new employees, and that’s for a good reason.

Checklists help you to follow a process, make sure you don’t neglect anything important and stay compliant.

Instead of making you write your own, you can use one of the 6 we’ve prepared for you as a basis, and either take it as it is or modify it for your business.

Reported by Dr. John Sullivan, recruiting advisor and professor of human relations, the statistics show that:

  • 50 percent of new hires are fired or quit during their first six months
  • 40 percent of new CEOs fail in their first 18 months
  • Up to 60 percent of new management employees fail during their first 18 months

For too many companies, the recruiting process has become expensive causing lost revenue and damaging to company morale.

Luckily, a new employee onboarding process flow can prevent such mistakes from occurring.

If you’re looking to put your best foot forward in making new hires feel welcome, a new employee onboarding checklist can do the trick.
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Dropbox vs Google Drive — Which Should You Choose?

Dropbox vs Google Drive

I recently hit the limit on my 100GB Dropbox account and after a bit of research decided to make the move from Dropbox to Google Drive. In this post, I’ll explain why I did it and some cool unexpected benefits that came from the move and give you a rundown of Dropbox vs Google Drive.

Dropbox and Google Drive are file storage services that sync files between a folder on your device(s) and the cloud. Making it easy to backup and access your files from anywhere.

Up until a few weeks ago I was paying for premium plans for both Google Drive and Dropbox.

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How to Manage Small Business Calendars in the Cloud

Calendar Apps

Keeping everyone on the same page in your business is easy with today’s technology. Using cloud-based calendars, you can have everyone synced up all the time from any device. In this post, I will go through our favorite setups to ensure your team never misses a meeting again.

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7 SharePoint Alternatives that Actually Get the Job Done

7 sharepoint alternatives that actually get the job done

Microsoft SharePoint is a bit like a Swiss army knife. It has a ton of different functions, some of which are useful, and some that aren’t. If you’re using SharePoint or one of several SharePoint alternatives and you’re not careful, you might wind up with a tool that’s so bloated with features it doesn’t really succeed at any of them.

As SharePoint consultant Jason Masterman says, “Customers are [implementing SharePoint] because they own it. It’s not that they’re doing research and choosing [SharePoint]. They’re doing it because they own it.” In a 2013 survey, only 6% of respondents reported completing a successful SharePoint project. In 2015, that number was up—but just to a mere 11%.

We think more than 11% of users deserve to be happy with their workflow tool. So we looked at 7 SharePoint alternatives and examined how they stack up in terms of price, capability, and user-friendliness. Here’s what we found.

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Supercharge Your Processes with the Scale, Security, and Services of Process Street for Enterprise

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Since its founding, Process Street has enabled thousands of companies of all sizes to implement processes that are consistent, effective, and efficient.

Along the way we’ve worked with many large and growing organizations and have come to understand the unique challenges they face with process management. Over time, we’ve also realized our unique ability to help customers attack and overcome these challenges. 

Today, I’m pleased to announce our official launch of Process Street for Enterprise, a new plan that combines the intuitive, no-code tools our users already love with scalability, security, and services to supercharge process management for larger organizations.

In this post, I’ll briefly discuss some of the most common challenges of process management that our larger customers face and then introduce the key solutions and services that will make those obstacles far more manageable, including brand new releases like our enhanced API and SCIM provisioning. 

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Systematize Your Business With This Foundr Course from Process Street’s CEO

Systematize Your Business With This Foundr Course from Process Street's CEOSystematizing your business is one of the biggest challenges any founder or executive faces when trying to scale.

I’ve seen it personally in my businesses and in the experiences of our customers. It’s the problem which led to us creating Process Street when I ran a small business. It’s the problem people and businesses of all sizes now come to Process Street to overcome.

Thousands of customers like Accenture, AstraZeneca, and Salesforce are solving processes from small business needs to critical enterprise and infrastructure processes.

It’s important to learn not just how to get things done, but how to do that repeatedly, effectively, and efficiently as your team grows.

This is where business systematization comes in.

A huge part of that is process management. According to our research, 42% of respondents say their teams have no time to create processes. You cannot systematize if you fail to document your processes.

In fact, process documentation is only the first step. What about adherence, integration, automation?

That’s why, as Process Street’s CEO, I was so excited to collaborate with Foundr to create a course to take you from process-less to process pro. The course is now available for registrations – you have until September 8th to get involved, so make sure to register ASAP if you’re interested.

I’ll give you the platform and the playbook to systemize your business in just 10 minutes per day, all delivered through Foundr’s intuitive learning experience.

Foundr magazine is one of the leading media outlets for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and executives. The course comes carefully prepared with video lessons, playbooks, and an explanation of my proven DIA Method.

As part of the Process Street family, I’m offering you the chance to register now and get 4 free masterclass lessons where I’ll explain my 10 minute MVP approach to supercharging processes in record time.

Click here to register!

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Accel Leads $12m Series A for Process Street’s No-Code Workflow App

process street series a accel atlassian salesforceRead more about this announcement on Business Insider, Crunchbase, and Forbes.

I’m very proud and excited to announce that Process Street has raised a $12M Series A from Accel, Atlassian, Salesforce Ventures and other amazing investors.

The funds will go towards our vision of building the GitHub of no-code; where teams around the world can find and use checklists, workflows and automations to improve their productivity at work.

Our mission is to make recurring work fun, fast, and faultless for teams everywhere. Having experienced investors and leading SaaS partners will put us in a powerful position to achieve this mission.
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Should You Move from Email Support to Help Desk Software?

Email to Helpdesk

You know the importance of having great customer support. As a young company, you take pride in this—it’s what separates you from industry giants. You’re able to give your customers the individualized attention in a fast turnaround time. You’re even able to have relationships with your customers, learning from them and customizing your product to meet their needs.

But at a certain point, your team has done too good a job. Customer satisfaction grows sky-high, your customer base begins to grow, as well as your product itself, offering more features and applications. This means tickets become innumerable and much more complicated. And that’s when plain email support just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Here’s everything you need to know to help you decide whether a switch is in order.

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How Playing Multiplayer Video Games Helped me Develop a Growth Mindset

can video games make you smarter

I read an interesting post the other day by Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy about how he has been training his son to have a “growth­ mindset”.

Here is a quote from the post:

Researchers have known for some time that the brain is like a muscle; that the more you use it, the more it grows. They’ve found that neural connections form and deepen most when we make mistakes doing difficult tasks rather than repeatedly having success with easy ones.

What this means is that our intelligence is not fixed, and the best way that we can grow our intelligence is to embrace tasks where we might struggle and fail.

However, not everyone realizes this. Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University has been studying people’s mindsets towards learning for decades. She has found that most people adhere to one of two mindsets: fixed or growth. Fixed mindsets mistakenly believe that people are either smart or not, that intelligence is fixed by genes. People with growth mindsets correctly believe that capability and intelligence can be grown through effort, struggle and failure. Dweck found that those with a fixed mindset tended to focus their effort on tasks where they had a high likelihood of success and avoided tasks where they may have had to struggle, which limited their learning. People with a growth mindset, however, embraced challenges, and understood that tenacity and effort could change their learning outcomes. As you can imagine, this correlated with the latter group more actively pushing themselves and growing intellectually.

In short someone with a growth mindset will embrace challenges and be willing to fail multiple times before reaching their goal, whereas someone with a fixed mindset will not even try.

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A Shiny New Look for our Favorite People

shiny new look

Today we’re excited to announce the release of Process Street’s new UI (UI or User Interface is a fancy way of saying “how the app looks and feels”).

If you’ve been in the app in the last day you would’ve seen we finished the last few screens of the new UI and the app now is completely converted over.

We’re going to be focusing on optimizing the look over the next few weeks as we get feedback from you, our users, on what you like and don’t like – in case that wasn’t clear, I’m encouraging you to talk to us : ) – [email protected]

Below are some of the key changes we made, but you really need to login yourself to experience it in all its glory.

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