One of the best things you can do as you’re bringing on a new employee, contractor, or intern is to provide them with an “Onboarding Plan”. This is simply a step-by-step plan for how you’re going to set them up for success with your company. So often we just throw people into their position, on-the-job training is the only form of learning they receive, and it’s a fly-by-night experience. Instead of offering that type of experience to your new hire, why not prepare for them to join your team, and provide them with a little structure and plan so that they feel welcomed, excited about their new position, and that you’ve taken more than 5 minutes to think about their role.
Of course this is just a template so you’ll have a lot you can customize, but at least it will give you a start of things you should be thinking about, and a great format to use! This example is specific to Wedding Planning, but super easy for you to tweak for your segment in the industry.
One bit of wisdom with new hires – plan on the first 90 days really being their “immersion” into your company. So often we expect people will just jump right in and figure out what has taken you 5 years to learn…so just know that if you give them time and space to learn, that will help both of you be less frustrated and you’ll have better expectations of them. Contrary to what most people believe, bringing on a new hire often won’t save you time initially, so you’ll need to plan for at least 2-4 hours/week to train them as you’re making an investment in them AND your business.
If you’re looking for more people related templates and forms to make your life easier when hiring, be sure to check out The People Plan that we have available to you as a resource as well – your small biz “HR in a Box”!