Starting a New Hire Without Proper Onboarding
Imagine that it’s your first day with your new employer. You’ve shown up to work bright and early, ready for the next phase in your career. You’re greeted by a receptionist who doesn’t know you from any other visitor. You are directed to have a seat in one of the armchairs, where you wait until someone remembers that you’re here. At some point, you go through an orientation session. You might be introduced to the team you’re working with, as well as where certain equipment and supplies are located.
It seems that you’ve gone through most of the day without a clear understanding of what the expectations on you are, what your role is and where you fit in with the team. You’re missing certain tools that prevent you from hitting the ground running. The lack of a clear onboarding process sets a negative tone not only for your first day but the first few months or more in your new role.