How to Light a Fire Under New Employees

When a new employee starts work, you want to get them up to speed as quickly as possible. This requires an effective onboarding process.

Part of the onboarding process consists of the traditional routines where the new worker fills out forms and other paperwork. However, good onboarding involves doing a lot more. At the end of the day, it makes the new employee feel glad they came to work at your company.

First, there are the nuts and bolts of the job that need to be taken care of. Make sure:

  • The new person’s computer and email are in good working order
  • They have all the information they needs to operate the software on the computer
  • Their phone system is in good working order and explain to them how to use the voicemail
  • To fill them in on how to use the copier and any other electronics they will need on the job
  • To have business cards ready for them
  • To have a nameplate put together to give them
  • Give them an organizational chart so they knows who is who

Send out a company-wide email notifying everyone of the new hire and welcoming the person. Take them around and introduce them to other members of their department. Take the new person out for lunch occasionally.

Two other things are also important to make sure the new employee is functioning productively as quickly as possible. First, have someone who can act as a mentor, someone the new employee can go to for help and information. Second, it is important to talk with the new employee at the start about the goals and expectations of the job, and what is required from them.

Also, get input from other employees. Find out what they would like to see as part of the company’s onboarding process, things they would have liked to have known when they started. What ideas do they have for getting the new person up to speed quickly?

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