The Manager's Guide to New Hire Onboarding

Six tools—including templates, checklists, and discussion guides—to help managers efficiently and effectively onboard new employees.

The Manager's Guide to New Hire Onboarding

This toolkit helps managers efficiently and effectively onboard new employees with checklists, discussion guides, and more.

Managers will find tools that equip them to ensure new employees feel welcomed on their first day, supported throughout their first week, and ready to receive meaningful feedback about their performance across their first three months.

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Returning to the basics can dramatically reduce new hire turnover

new hire turnover

All too often, new hires leave an organization because they felt they never fit in, didn't feel a strong connection with their manager, or believed they were underperforming in their new role. A strong onboarding program can prevent each of these turnover drivers.

Best of all, strong onboarding programs aren't necessarily time- or resource-intensive. For managers, often the greatest challenge in providing an effective onboarding program is ensuring that a few critical onboarding activities aren't crowded out by urgent—but ultimately less important—daily crises.

By returning to the basics, managers can target the most important onboarding elements and ensure that those elements are the focus of their program.



6 tools for managers to improve department onboarding

While a manager should use all six tools, the check-in discussion guides—both for the first day and for the 30/60/90 days—will make the most dramatic difference.

Tool #1: Manager Preparation Checklist for New Hire Arrival

This checklist contains the steps managers should take before each new hire's first day.

Tool #2: Welcome Letter Templates

These templates are examples of welcome letters that managers should mail to each new hire one to two weeks before their start date.

Tool #3: New Hire Welcome Packet Checklist

This checklist contains items managers should include in the welcome packet new hires receive on their first day.

Tool #4: New Hire First Day Activities Checklist

This checklist contains the "must-do" steps to ensure new hires learn crucial information on their first day.

Tool #5: Manager-New Hire Discussion Guide for First Check-In

This discussion guide equips managers to jump-start more meaningful conversations with new hires.

Tool #6: Manager-New Hire Discussion Guide for 30/60/90-Day Check-Ins

This discussion guide equips managers to gauge how a new hire is adjusting and surface any potential retention concerns.

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