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5 Steps for Onboarding: A.D.A.P.T.
Want to demonstrate exemplary management skills? Your onboarding process is your employees’ first impression of your leadership abilities. If you’re not successfully training your new employees, you will lose time, money and… respect.
To enhance your current new hire program, use the “ADAPT” acronym:
1. A – Assess. Assess the needs of your business. What types of new hire forms are required for your employees? What type of training is needed?
- Tax forms
- Compensation and benefits (insurance, COBRA, long- and short-term disability, etc.)
- Company policies (payroll, paid time off, termination, smoking, drug testing, etc.)
- Workplace safety
- Sexual harassment policy
- Regulatory/compliance (OSHA, JCAHO, HIPAA, etc.)
2. D – Develop. Develop a new hire plan. Create a detailed blueprint of your new hire objectives and the steps to take to meet those objectives. Having a plan in place before you hire a new employee will ensure a smooth transition and positive experience for both your current employees and your new employee. This New Hire Orientation Checklist can help you cultivate your plan.
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3. A – Acquire. Acquire the necessary documentation for your new hire orientation. Here are a few resources to help you:
4. P – Progress. Once you have acquired the paperwork, you should be forward thinking. What does this mean? Your onboarding plan should not be “fill out this paperwork.” Handing a stack of new hire forms to your employee is not a successful onboarding strategy. Rather, be progressive! That is, get with the 21st century and utilize a state-of-the-art system for hiring, training and managing your employees. Procuring an online learning management system is an affordable way to accomplish this. A learning management system (LMS) is a content platform that allows businesses to store online training materials for their employees using a cloud-based, secure software system. An LMS creates an engaging and (dare we say) fun onboarding process for the new employee. What better way to demonstrate your unique culture and environment than during the initial onboarding process?
5. T – Tackle. It’s time to execute your plan. Getting your new employees up to speed will save you time and money. It will also help speed the development of important working relationships between your employees. Don’t forget to provide resources, support and follow-through during the onboarding process. And, be clear about the expectations, goals and guidelines.
Leadership is about inspiring people. Start by easing your new employees’ assimilation to their new working environment with a smooth, stress-free onboarding process. Begin initiating A.D.A.P.T. for your new hires today!
Originally published in 2014.