Ensure your new hire’s first six months are as successful as possible with these checklists

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You did everything you could to create a perfect first day and first week for your new hire. Great work so far!

Even though at the end of the first month your new hire might not feel so “new” anymore, it’s still a good idea to think about ways to make sure they’re continuing on their journey to being fully immersed in your company. We like to think of this extending phase of onboarding as supporting an employee’s journey toward being a master at their role, a mentor to other employees, and an advocate of your company. (Not sure what we mean? Get a thorough explanation here!).

Below are some ideas to continue the onboarding process during the first 6 months:

Human Resources

  • Ensure employee knows about forums for airing concerns

  • Solicit feedback at key points in onboarding such as the end of month 1, 3, and 6

  • Plan regular company-wide social activities

  • Organize regular sessions where new hire can meet team leaders and learn about all teams and departments

Direct Manager

  • Set up regular recurring one-on-one meetings

  • Ensure employee knows about forums for giving and receiving recognition

  • Set up regular check-ins for employee development plan, leadership training, and cross-departmental projects

  • Go over career ladders and professional development opportunities

Workplace Buddy

  • Plan regular check-ins and social events

  • Introduce new hire to people in other departments

  • Invite your buddy to something outside of work hours (hanging out at the office, going out for beers, etc.)

  • Invite new hire to become a buddy for another new hire and pay it forward!

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Melissa Suzuno

Melissa Suzuno

is a freelance writer and former Content Marketing Manager at Greenhouse. Melissa previously built out the content marketing programs at Parklet (an onboarding and employee experience solution) and AfterCollege (a job search resource for recent grads), so she's made it a bit of a habit to help people get excited about and invested in their work. Find Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn.