First impressions count, and your onboarding process is one of the most important parts of the employee lifecycle. Having a smooth and well-organized start gives new hires a sense of purpose, and makes them feel welcome and supported. There are many people involved in the onboarding process who need to be aware of what's happening at every stage, and this can be a daunting task for the organizer (usually in HR). We've created an easy-to-customize onboarding process template to get you started, with tips and guidance to make the full onboarding process as smooth as possible.
If you've ever had a bad experience joining a new company, you'll likely have known this from day one. A disorganized process leads to confusion, uncertainty and a general bad taste for a new hire. So what are the benefits of getting onboarding right, and why does it matter?
New hires can take up to five months to settle in and achieve their full productivity, and that's a long time to invest in someone who may not be sticking around past their probation. The quicker and more widely you can integrate an employee into the company culture and ways of working, the easier they'll find their feet and get down to contributing to the team success. Creating a clear onboarding process template will help you to plan effectively and keep on top of regular check-ins with your new employees.
Our post on 5 key employee onboarding process steps to master will help you to construct an onboarding timeline, and give you further tips and guidance in creating an outstanding onboarding experience.
An onboarding checklist will help you to plan for the tasks and activities common to every new hire, so that important milestones are not left up to the manager's discretion or forgotten entirely. While each job role will have its own unique requirements, all new hires will need to be up to speed in these core areas:
To help you achieve this for your new hire, there are a number of key people who'll need to be involved in the onboarding process right from the beginning:
You can use our Onboarding Process Template as a starting point to customize your own onboarding checklist. The template covers common key tasks and activities, and who's responsible for each. Use the drop-down selects to indicate an activity status and keep on top of all the small tasks needed to create an efficient and effective onboarding period for your new hire.
Want to learn more about how onboarding impacts employees and the wider business? Head over to our Essential Guide to Employee Engagement to understand just what impact employee engagement has on wellness, productivity and profitability.
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