How to Look Like a Rock Star When You On-Board Your New Team Member (& Get Faster Productivity, Too)

We’ve all been ‘the new person’ at some point in our career. Ugh. Not always a great feeling, right?

Not knowing anyone, struggling to find your way around and nervously trying to prove yourself to all of your fellow team members...and your new boss.

Wouldn’t it be great to help your new team member skip the confusion and dive right into her new role with ease?

Research shows that the first 90-days of employment are the most crucial for long-term success.

Here’s how to master onboarding and look like a rock star doing it…all while getting your team member productive FASTER:

 >> No. 1: Plan Ahead 

Did you think that onboarding started on the team member’s first day on the job? Nope.

In order for onboarding to be effective, it should link back to the first day of the hiring process.

No one wants to spend the first day of work filling out hours’ worth of paperwork.

Sending out paperwork and your operations manual ahead of time will wipe out unnecessary stress and time on your team member’s first day.

Planning ahead will make your team member feel:

  • More relaxed
  • More prepared
  • More engaged

 >> No. 2: Make Her First Day Memorable

Filling out paperwork, setting up her desk and getting right to work doesn’t make for a unique experience.

You never get a second chance at making a first impression.

Be prepared to make the first day run as smoothly as possible. Give an office tour, plan a team activity and show ENTHUSIASM!

Breaking the ice will give your team member:

  • Self-confidence
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Comfort

 >> No. 3: Record Milestones

Let’s be real, we all want compliments every once in a while…especially from our boss.

What better way to acknowledge your team member’s progress than by rewarding their achievements?

Keeping a list of each team member’s short-term and long-term goals will make her WANT to strive to do better.

This will give her:

  • Role clarity
  • Higher performance goals
  • Set of expectations

BOTTOM LINE: Put yourself in a new hire's shoes and build an onboarding system that you would have wanted on your first day at a new job. 

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