Onboarding

Welcome Packet

New employees have a lot to walk into on their first day. It’s common to feel “firehosed” with information through the interview process. And when the excitement subsides and they’re shown to their new desk for the first time, many new employees feel overwhelmed with questions they forgot to ask. To workers on their first day, the organization can feel like a labyrinth of teams, hierarchies, and hallways where they’ll inevitably get lost. To keep your new hires from floundering, as well as to help them hit the ground running and feel valued by their new employer, you want to make sure they’re aware of all the resources available to them. This is where welcome packets come in.

Onboarding Survey

Do you want to be more confident in your onboarding process? Try creating a new onboarding survey to see how you’re doing! We all know that some surveys are more effective than others, so read these tips to ensure yours is compelling.

Welcome Letter

You know how critical it is to attract and keep good candidates, especially in times of fierce competition for talent. Yet, studies continue to show that as many as 40-50% of new employees leave within the first three months. Many of those new hires cite a poor onboarding experience as the reason.

A welcome letter may appear to only be a small part of that onboarding program, but it plays a critical part in the overall process. And standard welcome letters are a thing of the past—candidates and new hires in today’s recruiting process expect to feel welcomed, and even celebrated, before they even start work.

Review the information we’ve provided below to learn more about writing a winning welcome letter.

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!

Workplace Tour

Outreach is a constant but rarely recognized part of HR work. You need to reach out to future potential employees and to the community you are a part of. Hosting a workplace tour is one way to accomplish both of those goals. Let's look at how to plan and facilitate a great tour of your company's facilities.
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Onboarding

You’ve searched for qualified candidates, completed the interview process and selected the best fit for your open role. How do you prepare the candidate you selected for success in your company? Onboarding is the process of preparing new hires for their day-to-day responsibilities and assuring them that they made the right choice in joining your organization.

Continue reading to learn what onboarding is, why it is important for new employees, how to create an onboarding process and tips about employee onboarding.
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Company History

Your company history is a narrative recreation of the events that shaped the organization’s values and characteristics. From its foundation to the current state of the organization, your company history should include key events and milestones throughout its existence.

Continue reading to learn what a company history is, the importance of company history, what to include when writing your company history and strong examples of existing company histories.
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Employee Handbook

Your company’s employee handbook serves as the rulebook for employees and sets expectations for both employees and employers. A well-drafted employee handbook also protects your organization from potential legal claims.

Continue reading to learn what an employee handbook is, why they’re important, what policies and procedures to include, how to create one and examples of great employee handbooks.
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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.
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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.
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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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New Hire Questionnaire

Whether you're filling a vacant position or a newly created role, it’s important to help your new employees feel welcome and ready to take on the challenges of their new job. This is where onboarding comes in.

Onboarding helps employees integrate into the company culture, feel supported, and start off strong. If onboarding doesn’t go well, however, you’re much more likely to lose the employee to turnover.

New hire questionnaires can help. In this article, we’ll teach you how to create new hire questionnaires that will improve onboarding and increase retention.
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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.
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30 Day Review

By the time you've hired the right person, completed paperwork and orientation, and begun the onboarding process, your attention may wander to other projects. But don't neglect new hires after the first couple of weeks! A 30-day employee review is your first formal check-in with new hires to gauge how they are feeling about the onboarding process and identify any issues.

Continue reading to learn what a 30-day review is, why you should conduct a 30-day review, how to conduct the review, and questions to ask new hires.
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60 Day Review

Part of a successful hire is a 30/60/90-day review cycle to make sure the employee is doing well and to learn how they experience the entire hiring/onboarding process so you can improve it and increase your retention rate.

Continue reading to learn what a 60-day employee review is, why and how you should conduct them and what questions you should ask in the meeting.
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90 Day Review

A 90-day review is the final check-in with a new hire during their initial onboarding process. The review should assess the employee’s performance through their first three months, allow them to address any questions or issues they have encountered, and continue to seek their feedback on your processes.

Continue reading to learn what a 90-day employee review is, why and how you should conduct them, and questions to ask.
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Noncompete Agreement

If your company has trade secrets or proprietary information that it needs to protect, you might be considering a noncompete agreement. Unfortunately, they’re hard to draft and sometimes even harder to enforce. In this article, we cover what noncompetes are, what’s usually in them, and how to create one that will stand up to the law.
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