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'Onboarding' New Workers: 3 Tips After Hiring

By Andrew Lu on March 13, 2013 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

One of the most overlooked areas of hiring is how you should manage an employee's first few days. So you may want to pay attention to some "onboarding" tips.

There are many articles written about interviewing and choosing the best candidates. But many employers are completely unprepared for how to manage their newly assembled "dream team" once they start working for them, reports The New York Times.

The first few days (or even hours) on the job are critical for your new hires. Here are some tips to get new workers up to speed without wasting their time -- or yours:

  • Prep for the first day. Have a welcome packet ready for your new employee, the Times suggests. You also will want all your legal paperwork lined up like tax forms, any confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements, and other documents. You may want to talk to an employment attorney to see what you need to have ready by the first day.

  • Review and distribute employee handbooks. It may be a good time to review your employee handbooks when you make a new hire. Many employers create a handbook, but never touch it after drafting it. In addition, make sure you include policies that cover things like social media, Internet use, and workplace harassment.

  • Prepare for worker training programs. Many employers are mandated to train their employees on certain subjects like discrimination and harassment. You should have these training materials ready. You may also want to check with your attorney what other mandatory training requirements your type of business must follow.

After a couple days have passed, it is a good idea to follow up with your new hires to see how they're doing. Get any input you can and try to maintain open lines of communication.

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