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3 Actions Every Manager Needs for Successful Onboarding

First 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.