How do I create a great employee onboarding experience?

Employee onboarding is so much more than running through the obligatory office tour and doing I-9 after I-9. Sure, those basics are important, but the way an employee feels their first day, week, and month at work impacts their near- and long-term potential at your company. So we’ve put together some tips to help you have the best onboarding experience possible:

1. It begins with hiring: Look for self-starters
If you want employees who get up to speed quickly, look for folks who are independent and self-reliant. In a small company, you probably need a jack- (or jill-) of-all-trades; someone who can identify challenges and actively crack them.

2. Get people excited about the mission
If you’ve got an awesome product, mission, or brand, help your team personally connect with it from the get-go. When new hires can feel your authenticity, it speeds up their connection to what the company is all about.

3. Try peer-led onboarding
As a business owner, you’re probably used to doing pretty much everything on your own, including training new employees. But when you reach a certain size, consider assigning an onboarding buddy to take on that load.

4. Be clear: Help employees define their roles
Invest extra time in setting expectations. Even if those truths seem self-evident to you, over-communicating them only reinforces clarity around everyone’s role.

From collaborative strategies to getting folks pumped before day one, every company approaches onboarding differently. With this advice in mind, you’ll have the toolkit you need to build a team of owners before and after their thrilling first day.

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