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Onboarding is the logical next step after hiring a new employee. That new hire can be the ideal candidate for the job, but if the onboarding process goes south—or doesn’t happen at all—there’s a chance that it’ll have a strongly negative effect on the new employee’s overall fit within the company.

Although there are numerous styles and methods to follow that can be more or less effective for your specific organization, there are some universal dos and don’ts that will keep you on the right path, regardless of the style you choose to follow. Take a look at them below and be sure to factor them into your onboarding process.


Mix up onboarding with orientation

Treat it as a one day event

Drown the employee in a sea of new information

Forget to ask for and provide feedback

Leave them on their own to “figure it out”

Assume your process will work without a little effort from both parties


Be ready for them before their first day

Make them feel welcome by cutting out all the tedious paperwork

Create an onboarding process unique to your company

Provide them with a comfortable work area

Offer a mentor or buddy for the first week

Set reasonable goals and expectations in the first week

Have their schedule prepared before they arrive

Encourage them to get familiar with the company culture

Familiarize them with your organization’s products and services

Set up regular check-ins

First impressions are important, and your onboarding process is where new employees get a first impression of your company. Your new employee made a good first impression on your hiring manager—do the same for them by cultivating an effective onboarding process that’ll leave them with a good first impression, too.