Onboarding Guide for new employees: Download now

5 mins | David Brown | Report | | Onboarding

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What is onboarding?

Onboarding and induction processes are important to help organizations retain new hires, build trust, adapt to a new company culture, and empower staff to reach their full potential in a new role. While the ‘induction’ typically prepares someone for their first day of work, the onboarding process is a broader, more holistic process that begins as soon as you make the job offer. 

Onboarding best practices - make sure your new employee hits the ground running

You may remember starting a new job can be as nerve-wracking as the first day of school. The last thing you want is a new employee walking into the office on their first day feeling completely lost – and most especially for this to continue into their first few weeks. It can be the difference between having an effective employee from the onset to months’ worth of ineffective and inefficient work and even losing a new hire in a short amount of time. 

This guide provides key steps to creating a smooth onboarding experience for yourself and your new employee, including:

  • A handy checklist of essentials to have ready before their first day. 
  • ‘Employee Welcome Email’ template for Day One.
  • Actions for you and your new hire during the first few weeks.
  • Effective ways of communication throughout the process.
  • 4 pivotal questions to ask your new hire to assess progress.


Trusted expertise

Hays has over 21 years of experience in the U.S. recruitment market (backed by 50+ years globally) providing expertise to organizations throughout the full recruitment process empowering you to succeed – from the initial job ad to onboarding.


About this author

David Brown
Americas President, Chief Executive Officer USA

David, a 21-year veteran of the staffing business, has been in charge of overseeing all US operations for Hays since 2018. Prior to leading Hays US, David held a number of positions in sales, sales management, and senior management. With his wife and three children, David resides in Atlanta and actively supports a number of regional non-profit organizations.

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