Onboarding Best Practices

May 1, 2023


A group of employees sitting at a desk onboarding a new employee. The new hire extends his hand to shake the hand of his new team member.

Onboarding a new employee into your organization is an important process. A successful onboarding will result in informed and prepared employees. However, a scattered or inefficient onboarding process will lead to confusion and a rough transition. The best way to welcome new hires and ensure employee retention is to strengthen your onboarding procedure.

In this article, we will examine the essential components of the onboarding process and some of the best practices for welcoming employees. This will help your new hires succeed and thrive in their new roles.

The Onboarding Process 

What is the onboarding process? 

Onboarding a new employee is the process of smoothly and successfully integrating new hires into your company. This process should ensure they have an assigned workspace, receive and sign the company policies and procedures, and are educated on the culture of your company. 

The best employees are the ones who know what is expected of them and know what they can expect from the company. Therefore, it is vital to learn about your new hire, and also educate them about your company. These components are equally important for a smooth onboarding process. 

There are several great hiring tools available to businesses today. With the right onboarding tools under your belt, you will save your Human Resources and Management staff a lot of time and work. Additionally, you should put as much effort and research into your onboarding process as you do toward your continued employment and corporate trainings. 

The Onboarding Definition of Success: 5 Tips for a Thorough Onboarding 

A well-run onboarding process will equip your new hire with the tools needed to be a thriving and productive team member. There are various applications and platforms you can use to assist with your onboarding process. 

In fact, we have put together a list of some great onboarding tools and apps that you may want to implement into your onboarding process. 

Additionally, here are five things to keep in mind for a successful onboarding process: 

  • Prepare your existing team and make introductions. Ensure your existing team knows who is joining them, what experience and skills they bring to the table, and what position they will be taking on. 

  • Ensure your new hire receives a thorough and helpful orientation to their role and the company as a whole. 

  • Plan a team lunch, dinner, or office activity. This is a great way to break the ice for new hires, make them feel welcome, and show your appreciation. 

  • Schedule a follow-up meeting one week into the job and two weeks into the job. Why? Because your new hire will inevitably run into questions once they get going in their new role. Get two follow-up meetings on the calendar on day one, and use these meetings to check in with your new team member after they’ve had some time on the job. 

  • In addition, be open to feedback and request it. After 30 days on the job, find out how your new hire feels things are going. Ask them for feedback on the onboarding process. Also, be sure to take note of any areas they need additional clarity on or feel were overlooked. 

No matter what hiring process or onboarding definition your company is using, there is always room for improvement and growth. Examine what your HR department and administrative staff are currently doing to onboard new hires. From there, see where you can improve. 

Let ASAP Help Your New Hires Succeed

You can always lean on ASAP to help your new hires and seasoned employees thrive. For helpful business tips, continued training, and informative webinars, look to us. 

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