Below are messaging templates you can use as the Learning Admin to share the upcoming Hone assessment with your organization, HR Leaders, Learners' Managers, and Learners.
- Text in [bold] requires you to change the email to suit your specific needs.
1. Design a communication strategy, ideally before the Hone program launches.
Plan when and how to inform each stakeholder group in your organization about the Assessment.
See the following page for an example.
2. Communicate early, broadly, and frequently to promote awareness among all stakeholders. Research shows that it takes communicating something 7 times before it sticks! Your audiences may include:
- Learners who are enrolled in the Hone program
- Learners’ Managers with an interest in helping their teams grow and develop
- Learners’ Direct Reports and/or Colleagues who will be taking the Assessment
- HR / L & D Leaders with an interest in the ROI of Hone programs
- Executive Sponsor(s) who can champion participation in the Assessment; typically a Director, VP, or C-level leader who oversees your Learners’ department or team.
3. Focus on value. For each audience, communicate the purpose and benefits of the Assessment. Align the Assessment to your organization’s goals and initiatives. Keep in mind the unique interests of each stakeholder group, and tailor your message accordingly. See the following pages for templates you can use. For more tips, reach out to your Hone Customer Success Manager.
Executive Pre-Launch Announcement
From: Executive Sponsor (Director, VP, or C-level leader outside of HR)
To: All Employees (or Learners, Learners’ Managers & Assessment Takers)
Subject: Announcing Hone’s Assessment
At [name of organization], we have recently launched [name of Hone program] to support [organization’s people development objective].
As part of this commitment, we are partnering with Hone, a leading provider of live training programs, in asking program participants and their direct reports/colleagues to complete a Hone Assessment two months after their program concludes. This Assessment will provide learners with valuable data to inform their progress and future growth opportunities.
Our goal is to invest in the development of [audience] at [name of organization]. Your participation in the Assessment is essential in this effort.
In the next [time frame between now and the Assessment launch], you may receive an email from Hone (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are a direct report or colleague of a learner who is asked to participate, please take advantage of this opportunity to have your voice heard confidentially. If you are a learner completing the Assessment, we encourage you to reflect on the impact the program has had on you, as well as where to focus your future development efforts.
Look out for more information soon from [Learning Admin], and view this FAQ article here for more information. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Message to HR Leaders
From: Learning Admin
To: HR Leaders
Subject: Hone’s Assessment
As we previously announced, we have recently launched [name of Hone program] to support [organization’s people development objective].
As part of this commitment, we are partnering with Hone, a leading provider of live training programs, in asking program participants and their direct reports/colleagues to complete a Hone Assessment two months after their program concludes. The data from the Assessment will help demonstrate ROI by measuring the impact of learners’ behavior change within the organization.
In addition, the Assessment provides learners with valuable data to inform their progress and future growth opportunities. It is not a performance evaluation tool.
Only learners will have access to their Assessment reports. Data from their direct reports/colleagues is presented confidentially in these reports. We encourage learners to share insight from their Assessment results with their managers to support development conversations.
In the coming weeks, we will share details of the Hone Program and Assessment with learners and their managers. Please encourage learners to have ongoing conversations with their managers about what they are learning from the program as well as the Assessment insights when the reports are available.
The week of [date when Assessment reports are available], our Learning Team will share with you aggregate Assessment insights to demonstrate program impact, ROI, and further opportunities for development. In the meantime, please reach out to us with questions, or view this FAQ article here for more information. Thank you for your support!
Message to Learners’ Managers
From: HR Leader or Learning Admin
To: Managers of Learners
Subject: Supporting your team members’ development
As we previously announced, we have recently launched [name of Hone program] to support [organization’s people development objective]. One or more of your direct reports has enrolled to participate in this live learning program to develop their leadership skills.
As part of the program, in the next week, learners will be invited to complete Hone's Assessment. They will also nominate at least 2 direct reports or colleagues to complete the Assessment confidentially on their behalf. The Assessment will provide your team member(s) valuable data to inform their progress and future growth opportunities. It is not a performance evaluation tool.
Only learners will have access to their Assessment reports. Data from their direct reports/colleagues is presented confidentially in these reports. We encourage learners to share insight from their Assessment results with you to support development conversations.
As a people leader, your support is essential in your team members’ development. In your 1:1s, please ask your direct reports about what they learned in the program and from the Assessment data. As learners now have access to Hone Membership classes, you may want to discuss which classes support their learning goals. Use the Choose-Your-Hone Adventure guide to map the best classes based on Assessment insights.
To learn more about Hone’s Assessment and how it measures impact, view this FAQ article here.
Thank you for your support!
Message to Learners
From: Learning Admin
Cc: Learners’ Managers
Subject: Investing in You: Hone’s Assessment
As part of your participation in [name of Hone program], in the next 1-2 weeks you will be prompted via email to complete Hone’s Assessment. This Assessment will provide you an understanding of which skills you have improved as a result of the program, as well as areas of opportunity for further development. It is intended to support your growth and is not a performance evaluation tool.
This Assessment is comprised of three kinds of questions:
1. Self-report questions that capture perceived behavior change
2. Capability-level questions to diagnose strengths and development areas
3. Skill-level questions to diagnose specific skills to focus on moving forward.
In addition to completing a self-assessment, you will be able to nominate 3 or more direct reports or colleagues to provide feedback on the new skills you learned. This week, please reach out to your feedback nominees to let them know they will be receiving an email from "email@example.com" asking for their feedback via a short assessment of your leadership skills. Remind them that their responses will be confidential and summarized in an aggregated report.
After you and at least 2 of your direct reports have completed their assessments, you’ll be emailed a link to view your results on the Hone Platform. Your results will be shared with only you and are confidential. However, we encourage you to discuss your report insights with your manager, and together plan which Hone Membership classes to complete to support your further development (this guide may help you).
Thank you for investing in your learning and development!
Message for Learners’ to Send to Their Nominee
From: Learner participating in Hone program
To: Learners’ selected direct reports and/or colleagues
Subject: An opportunity to share your feedback
As you know, at [company name] we’re invested in our people’s growth and development. As such, I’ve recently participated in a program with Hone to further develop my leadership and management skills. To help me assess my growth since taking part in the program, I’ve nominated you to provide feedback confidentially.
In the next few days, you will be receiving an email from Hone (firstname.lastname@example.org) prompting you to complete the Hone Assessment, which should take 5-10 minutes. Participation in the Assessment is an opportunity to have your voice heard confidentially. Your responses will be aggregated into a private growth report which is shared only with me. Your name will not be attached to the report. The Assessment report is not a performance evaluation tool; rather, I will use the information in the report to further my development as your manager.
Thank you for taking the time to provide valuable feedback on my growth as a leader. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Slack/Teams Channel Message
Congrats on completing your program! The next step in this learning journey is to take the Impact Survey. This assessment is for you and it is completely confidential.
You’ll receive an email from Hone in [number of days] days with instructions on the next steps to complete the assessment!
Below are help links to provide you with more insights and a better understanding of the Hone Assessment.
- Click on this link for an overview of the Hone Assessment.
- Click on this link to learn more about the Hone Assessment.
- Click on this link to learn more about the Assessment results.
- Click on this link for Hone's Capability Model.
- Click on this link for details on how Hone measures impact.
- Click on this link for the Hone Assessment FAQ.