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Best practices for On-boarding New Employees

From the moment a new hire walks in the door, they start forming opinions about your company culture, their role within the organization, and what it will be like to work for you. That’s why when it comes to hiring new employees, first impressions matter.

When done correctly, on-boarding can help new hires feel welcome, valued, and prepared to do their best work. But when done poorly, there are a lot of things that could go wrong. Here are a few tips to help make your on-boarding process as smooth as possible:

1. Start with the background check

Before you bring a new employee on board, it’s important to run a background check. This will help you verify that the person is who they say they are and that they don’t have any red flags in their past that could negatively impact your business.

A background check can also give you peace of mind that you’re making the best hiring decision possible. To know about a candidate, you need a process that ensures the new employee is the right fit for the job. Check out how this company conducts a background check for its new employees.

Start with the background check
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Check one business reference

When it comes to bringing on new employees, it’s important to do your due diligence and check their business references. This will help you get a better sense of their work ethic and what they’re capable of.

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Check one business reference

Check one personal reference

Personal references can give you valuable insights into an applicant’s character, work ethic and overall suitability for the job. They can also alert you to any red flags that might not be apparent from their resume or cover letter.

Asking for personal references is a simple but effective way to screen applicants and make sure you’re making the best possible hiring decision.

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Check one personal reference

Check applicant’s resume/CV for completeness & accuracy

While on-boarding a new employee, it’s important to check their resume or CV for completeness and accuracy. This will help you ensure that there are no discrepancies in their work history.

If you find any inaccuracies, be sure to follow up with the employee to get clarification. It’s also a good idea to run a background check to verify the information on the resume. By taking these precautions, you can help ensure a successful on-boarding process for your new employee.

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Check applicant’s CV for completeness & accuracy

Confirm that applicant has all claimed academic & professional qualifications

It’s always a good idea to confirm that an applicant has all of the claimed academic and professional qualifications before onboarding a new employee. This can help ensure that the individual is qualified for the role and can help avoid any potential issues down the road.

There are a few ways to go about doing this, such as contacting references or requesting transcripts. Take the time to do your due diligence and it will pay off in the long run.

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Confirm that applicant has all claimed academic & professional qualifications

Credit Checks

Credit checks are an important part of the onboarding process for new employees. They help employers to verify an applicant’s identity and to ensure that the person is who they say they are. Credit checks also help to determine an applicant’s financial stability and to assess their risk of defaulting on their financial obligations.

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(Optional) Credit Checks

2. Get the necessary paperwork

Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork in order before the new employee starts. Here is a good example of how a US-based company collects all the necessary paperwork upfront from a new employee. The paperwork includes the W-4 form to calculate taxes, the I-9: form to verify the employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the US, the direct deposit form, and the employee handbook acknowledgment.

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Complete the necessary paperwork

3. Set clear expectations from the start.

New employees should know what is expected of them in their new role, and the best way to do this is to set up an Orientation Program and Schedule mandatory training sessions.

Orientation Program

The Orientation Program is a great opportunity for employees to learn more about their role, and ask questions and get to know their colleagues.

For the Orientation Program to go smoothly, choose a date and time that work for both you and the employee. You’ll want to make sure the program is informative and engaging. If your new employee feels welcomed and comfortable, they’ll be more likely to hit the ground running and be productive from day one.

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Schedule Orientation Program

Schedule mandatory training sessions

Training sessions for compliance and regulation are important for several reasons. First, they ensure that new employees understand the company’s policies and procedures from the day one.

Second, they help to ensure that employees are up-to-date on any changes in the law that may affect their job.

Finally, training sessions provide an opportunity for employees to ask questions and get clarification on any points that are unclear.

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Schedule mandatory training sessions

4. Make sure they have all the information about their team and department.

New employees should feel informed about their role, the company, and the team they’ll be working with. In the following example, the HR has organized a team lunch. This is a great to way to introduce a new employee, this gives a employees get to know each other well.

The department is also getting introduced to the new employee, and this is just as important. So a formal announcement about the new employee, helps existing employee know them better.

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Prepare departmental announcement

And last, but not least, don’t forget a Team Lunch on Day One!

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Organize team lunch for Day One

If you want to set up a Task Board for this, we have a free template ready for you.

How to manage an Email Marketing Calendar

Here’s another new marketing template for our users: a complete Task Board for folks that need to manage an email marketing calendar for their business or nonprofit.

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As with all other templates we have been building, this one comes with tasks that are ready to go, with details of the work:

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Example Task

Handy checklists of subtasks so you don’t miss anything:

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Example Checklist

And links to useful resources for completing the task:

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Example Attachments

Check out this template and let us know if we can improve it!

How to manage your Job Search

We continue to add templates that we hope can help our users get more done with Kerika, and today it’s a Task Board Template for managing your job search:

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Folks are changing jobs at a faster pace right now than we have ever seen, and while some people are highly organized and proficient at job searching, others can do with a little help, and that’s what we had in mind with this template.

Check it out and let us know if we can improve it!

How to Manage a Product Announcement

We have a new template that is a very comprehensive checklist of all the activities that a product marketing manager needs to consider, when launching a new product:

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The tasks are grouped into stages, represented by columns:

  1. Pre-Launch Prep: this includes tasks like finalizing the product name and starting outreach to media and analysts.
  2. Creating Internal Prep Documents: tasks in this include creating a competitive analysis and jobs-to-be-done matrix.
  3. Creating Internal Content: demo materials, talking points for sales team.
  4. Creating External Content: prepping (but not launching!) the product video, website landing pages, etc.
  5. Pre-launch Internal Training & Communications: training the sales  and customer support teams.
  6. Launch Day Execution: the big day! Pushing all the materials you had prepared to production.

To give credit where credit is due, this template is inspired by a blog post by Chris Orlob.

Check out this template and let us know how we can improve it!

How to Plan your Social Media Content

Another Marketing template for our users: this time, for folks that need to plan and execute on a social media content strategy.

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You can use this advance your marketing goals using Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This template comes with a bunch of useful resources, like this card on listing your Call-To-Actions (CTAs):

An example of a resource card
An example of a resource card

We have also provided sample task cards for managing your posts, like this one for posting on Facebook:

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Task for Facebook Post

This task, like the others, also comes complete with a checklist of subtasks so you don’t miss anything:

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Checklist for Facebook Post

These sample task cards can be easily duplicated as you move through your social media content strategy.

Check out this template and let us know what you think!

How to Plan your SEO Blog Content

We have a new template to help folks plan their blog content to maximize their blog’s SEO effectiveness, and thereby drive more inbound traffic:

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As with other Marketing Templates we have been creating for our users, there’s a column with useful resources for folks that are new to incorporating their blogs within their marketing activities.

The workflow itself is fairly simple: To DoResearchingDraftingDesigningScheduled → Done.

There’s a sample task in the To Do column that you can duplicate for each blog post; it contains a complete checklist of subtasks to make sure you don’t miss anything:

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An example of blog post task

Check out this template and let us know if we can improve it!

How to plan a Virtual Marketing Event

Marketing events look like they will be virtual, rather than in-person, for a very long time, and to help our users we have a template that can set you up in just seconds with a complete Task Board:

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This is a more elaborate template, with over 20 separate cards organized into a smooth workflow: Pre-PlanningLaunch PreparationPromotionsOperations.

Each card, representing a significant task, comes with helpful resources (as attachments) and detailed subtasks.  Here’s an example:

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An example task from this template

We have been preparing a number of templates for our users. Most recently we have been focusing on our Marketing and Nonprofit users, but we will also be launching templates for many more jobs, to reflect the broad spread of our users around the world.

Check out the template and let us know if we can improve it!

How to manage a Fundraising Pipeline for Nonprofits

We had previously mentioned our Grant Pipeline for nonprofits; here’s a similar version that our nonprofit users can use to track their fundraising in general.

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This simple template lets your nonprofit team track all the fundraising opportunities that are out there, and make sure they get attended to as they go through the process: ProspectContactedPitch PreparationAwait Response.

As the possible opportunities move through the process, for each opportunity you need to track at least this information:

  1. Name and contact details for donor.
  2. Organization (include specific department or program office if you are dealing with a foundation).
  3. Key motivations: what’s the donor’s known mission, and how does your nonprofit fit within that vision.
  4. Likelihood of donation: this is something that you update as the task moves through the process.
  5. Pitch process: smaller donors may have an information process, but larger donors are likely to have intermediaries like foundations or family offices that have a specific process they like to follow before they will commit to a donation. Make sure you follow their process!
  6. Expected Date: when you think the donor might make a decision.
  7. Fiscal Year: which fiscal year the grant will come in, for your nonprofit.

Check it out and let us know if we can improve it.

How to manage your YouTube video production

For folks that need to manage production of YouTube videos, we have a helpful template that will set up your Task Board in minutes:

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The workflow itself is simple: To DoResearchingRecordingEditingDesigning GraphicsScheduledDone.

We have included useful links and suggestions in the first column to help you if you are new to YouTube video production.  Here’s an example, on how to produce a video description:

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YouTube Resources Example

Check it out and let us know if we can improve it.

How to create a Branding Framework, Netflix-style

For our marketing users we have created a new template: how to create a Branding Framework for your company or product, in the way that Netflix does.

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To give credit where it’s due, this template has been adapted from The Three Tools Netflix Used to Build Its World-Class Brand | First Round Review, where Gibson Biddle talks about how this framework was used at Netflix for their branding strategy.

What do you need to achieve for branding? Well, Gibson believes it requires answering three questions about your company:

  1. What is it? Be descriptive.
  2. What are the customer benefits? How does it improve customers’ lives?
  3. What is its personality? If your product, company or service was human and you met at a cocktail party, how would you describe him/her?
When using this template to answer these three questions, make sure you:
  1. Bring in as many people from across the company when you do your positioning, to get as many perspective as possible.
  2. Be succinct and clear, to the point where a middle-school student could understand what you are saying.
  3. Limit yourself to three words.
  4. Avoid fuzzy words.
  5. Create a personality for your company.
  6. Own a specific word in your company’s mind.
The first three steps, identified as tasks in the Getting Started column on this template, are:
  1. Understanding what is a brand.

    A brand is the unique story that consumers recall when they think of you.

  2. Understanding what is a branding pyramid

    Screenshot showing the Branding Pyramid

  3. Understanding the concept summary

    The concept summary takes all of the thinking from your positioning model, branding pyramid and internal discussions about what your company wants to be when it grows up — and reduces it to one paragraph.

The template walks you through the process, step-by-step:

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The next time you need to do a branding exercise for your company or product, use this template. And let us know if we need to improve it.