The Importance of the Onboarding Process

Recruiting does not end when a new employee starts. It is important to cement retention during the first 90 days of employment. Make sure the employee’s desk is prepared for their first day.  Do they have a computer? Are their phones ready? Is their work area ready?  Do you have a plan for their first few days, including lunch?  And most important of all: do they understand their accountabilities?

Meet with your new direct report on their first day, and on a regular basis during the first 90 days to provide and receive feedback and review their accountabilities. Check in with the new direct report at 30, 60, and 90 days to see if their expectations match reality, whether they have all of the resources they need, and to provide mutual feedback.

Have a plan and provide adequate training and resources for your new direct report so that they can be successful. This doesn’t mean just providing them with manuals to read.  Have them shadow people in different areas or have some of your most experienced people share war stories.  If they must read manuals, schedule breaks at various sections of the manual to discuss application of what they read to the work they will be doing.

Consider all of the resources it took to recruit this individual. Isn’t it worth it to cement the relationship now that you have made the hire and empower them for success?

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