Thoughtful preparation in onboarding your new or transferring employee is essential in order to provide a clear roadmap of activities and resources to promote a great start. You want to ensure that everything is in place and ready for their first day. Remember, you only have one opportunity to create a great first impression!
The following are recommended strategies and actions to use before the new or transferring employee’s arrives on their first day. For a comprehensive list of specific actions to take during this phase, please go to the Onboarding Checklist.
|Action||Prior to Acceptance||Upon Acceptance||Prior to Day One|
|Review and customize the Onboarding Checklist||X|
|Select a Buddy||X|
|Assemble and mail Welcome letter/packet||X|
|Make formal announcements
|Workplace set up||X|
|Buddy contacts new hire/transferee||X|
"Those companies that understand the long-term significance of a successfully onboarded and fully engaged employee are also realizing the impact on the bottom line."
— Onboarding, An Early Engagement Checklist O.C. Tanner (2008)