August 11

How to Properly Onboard a New Employee


By Chuck Coker

The hiring process can be long and difficult for any manager or company leader. However, once you hire a new employee, the hiring process does not end there. You may have hired the right person for the job, but you must transition them properly or all of your hard work and data analysis from the hiring process can quickly disappear.

It is important to support new employees with comprehensive onboarding to ensure their success. That is where we can help. Here are four steps to ensure a proper onboarding process:

  • Compliance – It is important to teach new employees basic legal and policy-related and regulations. The Human Resources department usually handles this aspect.
  • Clarification – Ensuring new employees understand their new jobs and all related expectations. It is the responsibility of their direct supervisor, manager or experienced team member to clearly define what is expected of them.
  • Culture – Includes providing new employees with a sense of organizational norms, both formal and informal. This can often depend on the size of the organization, as a larger company which will often have greater diversity in mindsets and behaviors.
  • Connection – Refers to the vital interpersonal relationships and information networks that new employees must establish.

Most companies expect a new employee to “have it together” when they apply for and are accepted for a new position. The challenge is that very few new employees really do, even if they have experience in the same field. This makes it all the more important to employ principles that improve the probability of success of a new hire.

About the author 

Chuck Coker

For more than 30 years, Chuck has focused his career on people's development. He has implemented proprietary Personal Formation, Human Capital, Talent Management, and incentive-based programs across a broad scope of Fortune Companies, regional organizations, and educational institutions.


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