Onboarding for Employee Retention


Lately, everyone is talking about “The Great Resignation” and its impact on employee staffing across nearly every industry. So what is an employer to do? While recruitment and hiring are key elements of the process, successfully retaining new employees requires more than just an offer letter.

In this session, we will explore how to successfully onboard new employees – in person or virtually – in order to make their transition smooth and to help them reach their fullest potential. Onboarding is the process of integrating a new employee into your business and giving them the tools, information, and introductions they will need to succeed in their new job. You will learn the onboarding process and research that supports how a good onboarding program can boost employee retention and help avoid repeated recruitment costs. You will leave the class with tips for onboarding remotely or in-person, and resources that you can fast adapt to help your employee succeed.

Who should attend?

  • Hiring managers
  • Human Resources
  • Small business owners starting to hire employees
  • Buddies or mentors involved in onboarding new employees

Benefits of attending this program:

  • Ensure new employees are immediately engaged in their work.
  • Make new hires feel comfortable while entering their new place of employment.
  • Improve the overall integration for everyone on the team.
  • Help with current employee retention.

Flow of the Course:

  • Consider what is different about onboarding a remote employee versus an office employee
  • Begin before you hire
  • Before the employee starts (Preboarding)
  • First days (Orientation)
  • When the employee starts (Onboarding)
  • After the employee starts


Location: Online (link will be sent to participants)

Schedule & Date: June 1, 2022 from 9am – 11am

Fee: $99

Register Online Here (external to UW) or call 608-262-3909 to register.

UW-Madison staff member? Register here.

BONUS! Place 2 or more paid SBDC courses in your cart, and use discount code SBDC10 for 10% off. Classes must be purchased in the same transaction.

Registration policy: Payment will be required at time of registration; you must have either a credit card or valid UW-Madison funding string to be able to register. 

Cancellation policy: If you cancel before the program begins, there is a $25 cancellation fee. If you cancel after the program begins you will be charged for the full program fee. To cancel, call registration at 608-262-3909.

Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at sbdc@bus.wisc.edu to request accommodations.

The Small Business Development Center at UW Madison is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.


Sheila Milton is a creative, resourceful Human Resource leader who develops innovative solutions that align culture and business objectives to build strong pipelines of diverse talent. She offers extensive experience in Diversity & Inclusion, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Compensation and Leadership Development.

In her current role as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) with UW Credit Union, Milton serves as an institutional resource focused on infusing DEI into all practices as well as tracking and communicating progress.  Key responsibilities include promoting a culture of inclusion where all individuals can thrive, as well as partnering with senior leaders to implement DEI best practices in areas such as leadership, access, retention and advancement.

Milton came to UW Credit Union from CUNA Mutual Group (CMG) where she served as the director of Talent Management and a member of the Human Resources Leadership Team. During her time at CMG she created the Women’s Executive Leadership Institute and implemented a contemporary Learning Management System. Milton has also held Associate Director Human Resources positions at Kraft Heinz and Oscar Mayer. Outside of HR, she has worked in both corporate and business unit level roles to support Legislative Affairs, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Legal, Technology, Customer Service and Manufacturing.

Milton is the Founding President of the Madison Area Chapter National Charity League. She has served as committee member to the Forum on Workplace Inclusion Program, a national conference that drives strategies for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She has also served on the Madison Area Diversity Roundtable Executive Steering Committee and as Best Practice Chair. Milton has a Bachelor of Administration degree in Information Technology Management from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She holds several professional certifications and frequently addresses the topic of DEI via ongoing industry events and speaking opportunities.