5 Essential Tips for Onboarding a New Starter

As an entrepreneur or small business owner, hiring and onboarding a new starter is often one of the biggest “firsts”. For many, it can seem super daunting! So you’ve found the right person for the job, yay! The next step is to make sure that they will fit into your company structure. You also need to know that they can efficiently carry out the task they were hired for.  This is where onboarding comes in. Onboarding is the process of training and orienting a new employee. Onboarding ensures that a new employee feels comfortable undertaking the job. It is also an essential part of the recruitment process. Today we will explore 5 things to make sure you cover during onboarding.

Let’s dive right in!


As an entrepreneur or small business owner, onboarding a new starter is often one of the biggest "firsts" and for many, it can seem super daunting!

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Onboarding Paperwork for a New Starter

As with every aspect of a business, with recruitment, there’s usually some paperwork that needs filling out. For both parties, this ensures that everything stays above board. Paperwork is something that can be easily forgotten, so it’s a good idea to put this first on your onboarding checklist. Have all of the forms printed and ready to go to safe time. Ask your new starter to bring in any identification or documentation that you may need to complete the admin process ahead of time.

The “Walk Around”

If your employee is to be working with you in an office environment then now is the time to introduce them to your business and give them a tour of the building. This should include the basic = amenities such as bathrooms and the kitchen. It should also include the essential safety features such as fire exits, extinguishers and meeting places. If your employee is to be provided with keys hand these over and explain any vital security protocols.

Your Company Values and Essential Information

Although these may have already been covered at the interview stage, it is important to introduce or reiterate your company values. You should also provide your new employee with essential information such as:

  • The dress code
  • Emergency numbers
  • Information on leave and attendance

Depending on where you are in your business journey you may already have an employee handbook that outlines these for you. You should explain your values and this important information in-person to help a new employee understand what is required from them as a new member of your business. This will give them some guidelines to follow.

As an entrepreneur or small business owner, onboarding a new starter is often one of the biggest "firsts" and for many, it can seem super daunting!

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Any Job Training

Whether your employee is experienced or entry-level, they will require some degree of training so they feel confident in their new role. This could range from training on new systems to explaining the organization of your document storage or even display screen equipment online training. Whatever it may be, schedule in plenty of time to go over relevant training. Make sure that your employee is adequately set up to complete the training alone if it is a longer programme.

A Follow-Up

The first day of a new job is overwhelming, so it is best to schedule an “onboarding follow up” for the next day to cover anything that may have slipped through the cracks or been forgotten in the mass of information. A follow up is also a great time to assess how much of the induction your employee has taken on board and to reassess if they need further assistance.

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