First Day

Onboarding Buddy

Onboarding buddy systems create an informal support system for new hires to rely on as they get acclimated within your company.

Continue reading to learn what an onboarding buddy is, the benefits of assigning a buddy to new hires, steps to implement a new employee buddy system and additional tips to consider.

New Hire Orientation

New hire orientation is your first opportunity to welcome a new employee and get them started off on the right foot. Whether you are orienting one person or 50, a lot of coordination and preparation are required–but you needn't be intimidated.

Continue reading to learn what new hire orientation is, the difference between orientation and onboarding, why new hire orientation is important and what to cover in your orientation program.

New Hire Gifts

First impressions are important, especially when you’re hiring new employees. You want to make sure that new hires are walking into their workspace on their first day feeling welcomed, excited, and confident in their new job.

You’ve already vocally shared the company’s values and culture with your new hire, but how can you truly show off these values while they’re first getting started? How can you instill excitement and motivation in your new hires to help them hit the ground running and want to talk about their new job with their friends? Turns out there is one thing you can add to a new employee’s onboarding experience to help in all of these areas: new hire gifts!

Initial Goal Setting

In order to get where you need to go, you need to know where you’re going. Every person in your organization needs to know where the company is going. Here’s how to align your employee’s goals with those of your business.

Role-Specific Training

Creating a training program to serve all employees regardless of role is like throwing glitter at fly paper. Some will stick, some will be swept up and the rest you’ll be cleaning up for months. If you want to avoid finding glitter in strange places the rest of your career, role-specific is the perfect place to start.

Culture Acclimation

If you’ve ever had to pop your ears on a flight, you’ve experienced altitude acclimation: how your body adjusts to drastic changes to its environment. When we apply this concept to new employees adjusting to workplace culture, we can influence this process for the better. Here’s what you need to know to help your new hires avoid cultural “altitude sickness.”

Onboarding Milestone

As professionals in talent acquisition, and in a crazy competitive hiring environment, we can get caught up in the day-to-day of filling one position and moving on to the next. But there is much more to consider after the job offer is accepted if you want to ensure the success of those hires!

Remote Onboarding

It’s no secret that remote work is exploding. With more and more done digitally, onboarding is no exception. This raises the question, “Can remote onboarding really be done effectively, and if so, how?” Here are the virtual onboarding pros, cons and best practices you should know.

Automated Onboarding

We've all shown up to a first day of work and been stuck in an office all day filling out new-hire paperwork. It's not the most welcoming of ways to greet a new employee and harness their excitement. Automated onboarding offers an alternative.

Safety Training

Safety training: what’s required, what isn’t, and what isn’t required but really seems like it should be? The good news is that bridging the gap between your staff and a safe work environment is simple: a proper safety plan with safety training as the framework. To take a closer look, let’s see what makes a safety training effective versus safety training that doubles as paid naptime.

Facility Tour

Facility tours are a useful interaction that can provide many benefits for the company. Let’s take a look at why you should have facility tours and why they are beneficial!

I9 Authorized Representative

Even the smallest of errors on an I-9 form can result in costly fines for your company if you don’t comply. This is why choosing a qualified authorized representative to handle I-9 responsibilities is very important. Continue reading to find out what an I-9 authorized representative is, why they’re important and more.

Unboxing Experience

You’ve been watching the mail eagerly for a solid week, checking the mailbox more than once a day. Whether you’re awaiting the arrival of a new piece of tech, supplies for a beloved hobby, or the newest book in your favorite series, we’re all familiar with the unique excitement that comes along with the unboxing experience. Now imagine how engaging it would be if you emulated that same experience as your new hire “unboxes” your company. Here’s how.

Induction

The value of a first impression is hard to argue. Companies find that strong induction processes improve new employee retention by 82%. With only 12% of employees reporting a strong induction program at their company, this may be the improvement you’ve been looking for.

Learning Curve

The idea of a learning curve isn’t new. Organizations can capitalize on this information and reap the benefits of more accurate projections, less staff stress, and an increased production rate.

Meet-and-Greet

Job interviews can be intimidating and stressful. If you'd like to get to know a candidate in a more casual setting as well, consider a meet-and-greet. Read on to learn why and how.

Workplace Policies

Anyone who works in HR has heard the question “Hey, do we have a policy about XYZ?” But what even is a policy? Read on to learn more about workplace policies, how to write them, and how to use them.

Team Introductions

Introductions can be overwhelming for both the employee and the employer. What do I say when they ask about my hobby, what if I forget my own name — questions like these will be running through the employee’s head while the employer is thinking, how do I keep this from derailing while still maintaining the fun side? Does anyone even care about this at all? Keep reading to address these pain points and more when it comes to team introductions in the workplace.

I-9 Acceptable Documents

You are given I-9 documentation that you have never seen before. How do you know if they are acceptable to complete section 2 of the I-9 form? Read on to learn why acceptable documents are important, a brief look at each document, and tips on how to examine the documents.

Employee Onboarding Experience

Employee onboarding: it’s just completing new hire paperwork, right?! Let's explore the opportunities involved in onboarding, how you can make it great, and why onboarding is such an important part of the employee experience.

IT Onboarding

When you make a new hire, your new employees will rely on a handful of technological devices, applications and tools to successfully complete their job. IT onboarding creates a uniform training program to ensure that all required technology is properly set up and new hires are well-trained on the tools they’ll be using.

Continue reading to learn what IT onboarding is, why it’s important, steps to a successful IT onboarding program and an IT onboarding checklist to use for your company.

Employee First Day

During a new employee’s first day, focus on creating a comfortable and welcoming environment. You can use the new hire’s first day to introduce them to their teammates, set expectations and provide an overview of their new working environment.

Continue reading to learn what an employee’s first day should be like, the benefits of a great first day on the job, how to make a new employee’s first-day count and other tips for a successful first-day agenda.
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