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Course Description

Many supervisors have responsibilities for managing people. While each organization operationalizes these responsibilities contextually, there are common concepts and tasks that can provide you with a foundation for success now and in the future. The employee lifecycle model outlines every employee's journey at your organization—from recruitment to orientation and onboarding to development and retention to offboarding and separation. This course will focus on the manager’s role at each stage of the lifecycle so that you can confidently supervise and manage people and mitigate risks and costs to your organization. By better understanding the employee lifecycle, you can continuously improve each stage, attracting the right talent, optimizing the employee experience, and improving productivity and performance.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will earn a digital badge.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Write situational or behavioural interview questions based on a job description and set of competencies;

  2. Develop an onboarding plan tailored to a new employee in their initial weeks in an organization to ensure successful integration;

  3. Create an employee development plan that includes short and long-term goals and considers performance development and succession planning;

  4. Discuss the consequences of separation of employees from an organization, including the ethical and legal implications of employment terminations; and

  5. Summarize the role a manager has in supporting an employee during all phases of the employee life cycle.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to the employee lifecycle model
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Onboarding and orientation
  • Development and retention
  • Separation and offboarding

Additional Requirements

  • There are no pre-requisites for this course.
  • You can expect to spend 5-8 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, and assignments.



Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Interview Questions Assignment 20% 1
Onboarding Plan 25% 2
Employment Development Plan 25% 3
Case Study Group Discussion 30% 4, 5
Total 100%  

*Participants will receive a pass/fail for the course. Learners must achieve a final grade of 60% or greater to receive a pass.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


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