While having a go-to onboarding plan template you can use whenever you want can be helpful and save you a lot of time, adaptability is key here. Your formal onboarding program should be adapted to various factors:
- The new hire’s position and regular tasks;
- Their training needs, that you can evaluate before and during the first days;
- Their working context (remote or hybrid worker, part-time worker…);
- Their personal situation (work-life balance, health issues…).
The key here is adaptability and flexibility. Consider the individual needs and situation of each employee and be ready to tweak your onboarding workflow if needed.
If we said it once, we said it a hundred times: first impressions are crucial, and a proper onboarding process takes time. Rushing through the process would result in wasted resources, lack of productivity and eventual employee turnover. Therefore, your onboarding plan should unfold over the course of 3 months and focus on proper training and in-depth introduction to company culture.