10 tips for onboarding a new hire
Onboarding doesn’t have to be a snoozefest and with many companies working in a hybrid model, making sure your new starters are onboarded well is vital.
- Create a Welcome Package: Put together a welcome package that includes a friendly note, a company guidebook, and maybe a coffee voucher for their first day – because caffeine is the universal language of workplaces.
- Prepare the Workspace: Ensure their workspace is set up with all the essentials – computer, phone, and a not-so-confusing layout of office supplies. No treasure hunts required.
- Assign a Mentor or Buddy: Pair them with a seasoned colleague who can show them the ropes. It’s like having a workplace buddy who’s there to answer questions and offer guidance.
- Provide a Detailed Orientation: Conduct a thorough orientation session that covers company values, mission, and structure.
- Training and Development Plan: Develop a training plan that includes both formal sessions and hands-on experience. No game shows, just a straightforward approach to learning the ropes.
- Introduce Company Culture: Facilitate casual meet-and-greet sessions and team-building activities. Maybe a lunch gathering or a monthly social event – because relationships matter.
- Set Clear Expectations: Clearly communicate job expectations, goals, and key performance indicators. A well-defined role helps them hit the ground running.
- Feedback and Check-ins: Schedule regular check-ins to provide feedback and address any concerns. It’s a supportive way to ensure they feel comfortable and supported in their new role.
- HR and Administrative Support: Smoothly guide them through administrative processes, ensuring paperwork is completed without unnecessary hurdles.
- Encourage Networking: Facilitate opportunities for the new hire to connect with colleagues from various departments. Maybe occasional team lunches or informal gatherings to foster a sense of community.
Balancing a welcoming environment with professionalism can make the onboarding process informative and enjoyable, giving your new hire the best chance to settle in.
I have a huge amount of confidence in the team at Attic – they have taken a lot of time and trouble to understand the culture and nuances of our business and it shows. I will keep asking them to support us because I know they will deliver a great result – quickly and with style.