Creating an onboarding document could be the most important step to take whenever you hire someone new. This document will be the person's life raft as they get situated in their role. It should include:

  • Your goals for the person's first 30, 60, and 90 days
  • An outline of the tasks you expect them to own or take over
  • Any relevant documents, links, calendars, or logins they'll need
  • Any meetings they're expected to attend in their first few weeks, or on a regular basis
  • Names, contact information, and background of team members and colleagues they'll be working with

Ultimately, the more you document the better--that way you proactively answer any questions they may have. In many cases, it might even make sense to have the person's direct teammates contribute information about projects they'll be working on together or should know about. This gives your new hire the lowdown, while also allowing your other direct reports to feel more involved in training their new teammate.

Published on: Jan 14, 2019