3 Actions Every Manager Needs for Successful Onboarding

November 1, 2018      By Andrew Taylor

employee onboardingFirst days can be overwhelming for new hires, especially in a large team or organization. More importantly, your new hire’s initial experiences set the tone for their initial levels of engagement.

Put your best foot forward with these three tips for a successful employee onboarding plan.

1. Create an Employee Onboarding Schedule

A great onboarding experience starts with a great onboarding schedule. Think of your onboarding schedule as an itinerary of sorts. It details each day of your onboarding process and allots time for key objectives along the way, such as introductions to processes, meetings with team members, and time for questions. If you can keep your new hire from asking, “What should I do next?” you’ll know your onboarding schedule was a success.

2. Introduce Them to the Family

Getting your new hire familiar with their new coworkers as well as some of the team dynamics is mission-critical for a successful onboarding. It gives them a feeling of belonging and a chance to start building relationships with their new team. Additionally, asking for help when you need it becomes a lot easier when you know who to go to.

3. Assign a Mentor

While there’s no definitive answer on how long it takes to a new hire to get up to speed, author Michael Watkins suggests that new hires need about six months before they can add value to their team. In the meantime, you can expect that your latest hire will have a ton of questions. Pairing each new hire with an experienced employee provides an immediate go-to guide for questions, and helps them acclimate to the culture significantly faster.

Need more tips? We’ve got you covered.

These three key actions are just the tip of the onboarding iceberg. Be sure to read two of our most popular whitepapers, 10 Ways to Wow Your New Hire and 10 More Ways to Wow Your New Hire, to create an unforgettable and more engaging onboarding process for your next new hire.

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  1. Avatar Zahrah Sattar on November 1, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Great article…concise and accurate! Good job, Andrew!

    • Avatar Andrew Taylor on November 7, 2018 at 9:47 am

      Thanks so much, Zahrah! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Avatar Brandy Hughey on November 1, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Excellent tips! Very critical to know in the development of a solid ‘work’ family system. As a former supervisor one of my biggest tactics was assigning a mentor to new employees to help them navigate the system and help encourage positive engagement among team members. This successfully implemented fostered a more collaborative environment, increased productivity, safer systems of care for clients, and longer lengths of stay for employees. Thank you for sharing these!

    • Karina Schultheis Karina Schultheis on November 7, 2018 at 9:20 am

      That’s a fantastic tip, Brandy! We do something similar here at Ultimate, and it definitely helped acclimate me to the team and brought such a personal feel to my onboarding experience. So glad you enjoyed the article!

    • Avatar Andrew Taylor on November 7, 2018 at 10:02 am

      I couldn’t agree more, Brandy. Thanks so much for your insights! And Karina nailed it – we usually assign a mentor or guide for all our new hires. It absolutely help to create a better work environment for everyone.

      You can actually read more about this concept in our whitepaper, 10 Ways to Wow Your New Hire (linked at the bottom of the article). It’s #9 on the list!

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