You’ve invested time and company resources to find your next employee – and now you finally found someone with the skills and experience required. Your new hire is ready to get to work. Are you? Do you have an onboarding plan in place?
An onboarding plan is a formal process of welcoming new employees and offers a number of benefits:
- Increases profitability by creating a strong start
- Improves retention by lowering the risk of an unsuccessful transition
- Engages the new employee by setting expectations early and often
- Ensures initial experiences are similar regardless of position or department
To ensure that new hires have everything they need to be successful, follow this new employee onboarding checklist
1. Prepare for the first day
Make a great first impression by showing that you’re prepared. Before new employees start:
- Confirm first day logistics, such as parking, expected arrival time, and dress code
- Set up workstations, including computers and supplies
- Have training materials and new employee paperwork ready
- Assign someone to greet new hires upon arrival
2. Help them get to know the team
Introduce new hires to their team and mentors during the first week. Mentors make onboarding more effective by answering questions and helping new employees get to know the company and their co-workers.
3. Map out a training plan and schedule
Create personalized training schedules that outline tasks to learn and who will teach them. Share the schedules and learning materials with the new hires so that they can prepare for each day. Make sure that trainers block their schedules so that they aren’t distracted with interruptions.
4. Define expectations
Make sure that new hires have a clear understanding of their job duties and expectations. Explain the roles of key team members, how the team works together, and the company’s processes and procedures. Begin assigning tasks early to boost productivity and help new employees quickly make a contribution.
5. Schedule regular check-ins
Above all else, talk with them! As a rule of thumb, check in with new hires every day for the first week and then weekly for the first 90 days to establish open dialogue from the very start.
There you have it! Following this new employee onboarding checklist will help you guide new hires toward productivity and peak performance.
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