You found a new hire. Great! What do you do with them?
“Well, we really want to hit the ground running.” What does that even mean?
The onboarding process sets your new hire’s expectations as well as determines how effective they’re going to be as an employee. Even the most qualified worker in the world still needs time and training to learn how any given office works. Many, many workplaces brag about “Throwing you in the deep end”, not realizing that setting up new hires for failure is only good at filtering out people who are honest about they don’t know. If you don’t have an effective onboarding process, you’re going to force your employees to guess, to “fake it til they make it”, and to lean on those in your office who come across as mentors, regardless of whether they’re truly an effective or altruistic teacher. As you bring in new people, teach them both your processes and your culture.