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The Onboarding Process

Supervisors play a critical role throughout the life cycle of employment, especially during an employee's first few days on the job. It's an exciting, rewarding, but also a challenging time for the new employee. Supervisor's efforts can ensure a successful transition into the role as well as set the stage for building the employee/manager relationship, and create a positive experience for your new employee through an effective on-boarding process. Intrinsic benefits can include lower turnover costs, fewer errors and increased productivity in a shorter time frame.

On-boarding begins as soon as an offer of employment is made and ends after the first year of employment. It is a process to make the new employee feel welcomed, valued, confirm the employee's decision to join the organization and assist in making them a contributing member of the team.

The on-boarding process should not be performed solely by the supervisor. By appointing a on-boarding buddy to each new employee, and scheduling the assistance of professionals throughout the division will allow some free time for the supervisor and the new employees can work and learn with others at the university.