Processes that allow new employees to learn about the organization, its structure, and its vision, mission and values, as well as to complete an initial new-hire orientation process.
Communicate before the first day, send a welcome letter to the new employee and family, lay out what they can expect in their first week.
Send the hiring manager a “reminder alert” email requesting these five critical tasks are done on the first day:
Roles and responsibility discussion
Match new employee with a peer buddy
Help new employee build social network
Set up monthly onboarding check-in for first six months
Encourage open dialogue
Build a 90-day plan in the first week.
Send an introduction letter to the team, highlighting some of the assignments and places the Veteran has been. Be sure to let the team and leadership know what department the Veteran will be working in and the date of their first day on the job. Conduct a team introduction.
Send information about the company dress code in a welcome letter.
Build in tangible goals and check-in points on their 90-day plan.
BEST PRACTICES FOR ALL EMPLOYEES
BEST PRACTICES FOR VETERANS
QUESTIONS TO ASK
Have you developed a plan for newly hired Veteran’s first week of employment?
Is there anything the hiring manager needs to support the “reminder alert” email?
Did you develop a 90-day plan template that can be used universally?
Based on the introductory letter, does anyone on the team have points of common ground with the new Veteran hire?
Have you calendared the 90-day check-in points to ensure dedicated time?
Did you define clearly what the dress code is? If there is a special item like company Friday, did you send a
shirt to the new hire?
These suggested resources are available at no cost:
Reference: The Monster and Military.Com 2018 Best Companies for Veterans
Onboarding can mean different things for different companies. For some, it starts on day one with a new-hire orientation, whereas for others it can start earlier in the hiring process.
For a company such as PRISM Inc., the "onboarding" process starts with the first contact with a veteran candidate by offering resume writing advice and interview techniques and continues through a veteran performance management system with day one, week one and monthly check-ins with a career counselor.
BUSINESS CASE STUDY:
This digital toolkit was made possible through the generous support received from: