Onboarding Best Practices Checklist
August 28, 2020 at 4:00 AM
This is a picture of employees at an office using onboarding best practices.

After lots of time spent interviewing and choosing the right candidate, it’s exciting to finally welcome a new hire to your team. Providing a positive onboarding experience is extremely important because it affects your employee’s first impression of your company as well as their own performance in the future. Need some ideas? Here’s a handy checklist of onboarding best practices.

Provide important information ahead of the first day

Before your employee even walks through the door (or logs on, if they’re working remotely), make sure they have important company information. This may include details like the history of the company, the company’s vision and mission, a clear job description and how their role contributes to the overall company.

Provide an agenda

Don’t leave your employee feeling lost on the first day. Provide an agenda that outlines their tasks, meetings and other important events happening their first day or week. This will help your new hire know what to expect and feel more comfortable.

Prepare the new hire’s workspace

Make a great impression on your new hire by having office essentials in place when they arrive. For example, have a desk or other workspace set up and clean, make sure their computer and other tech gadgets are up and running, and give your employee any necessary access, such as login information or building keys.

Welcome the new employee with a gift

Show your new hire that you’re excited to have them on your team by providing a welcome gift. This doesn’t have to be large or expensive, just something to show you care. Branded gear like mugs, T-shirts, pens, or notebooks are great options that build brand loyalty and help your new hire feel like part of the team.

Make it easy to complete any necessary paperwork

Get boring (but important!) paperwork out of the way early in the onboarding process. Providing online access to paperwork and payroll forms as well as the employee handbook can help make the process run smoothly.

Show the new hire around

Being the new person at a company can be intimidating. Help your new hire feel more comfortable by giving them an office tour so they know where everything is and introducing them to other members of the team.

Make the employee feel like part of the team

An easy way to make a new employee feel welcome is to plan a lunch for your team. This way, the employee has a chance to meet and get to know their peers in a more casual setting.

Make orientation and training a priority

Before your new hire jumps into projects, make sure they’ve had time for orientation and to get settled into their new role and company. Be sure to also provide any necessary training and set clear expectations.

Get the employee’s feedback

Within the first few months, get your new employee’s feedback to gain insight into how they feel about the role and company so far, plus the pros and cons of your onboarding process.

Use an administrative services or human capital management organization

Using a hire-to-retire service for your employees can help you provide a positive onboarding experience. For example, H2H Enrollments offers a fully customizable approach to help you manage and succeed in all areas of human resources, including onboarding, benefits, payroll, employee engagement, compliance, and more.

When it comes to providing a positive onboarding experience for your new hire, it’s important to follow onboarding best practices throughout the entire process. It can be a lot to do, but you don’t have to go it alone. Contact us to learn more about how H2H Enrollments can help you succeed in onboarding and beyond.