Onboarding New Employees
Have you ever arrived at your workplace on the first day of a new job and it seemed like no one was expecting you? That kind of experience can foster cynicism and frustration in new employees before they even start doing the work they were hired to do. It doesn't have to be that way. Organizations that are deliberate and strategic about the onboarding process are able to start earning the loyalty of new employees from the beginning while building on the enthusiasm and sense of purpose that brought them to public service in the first place. This page has a number of resources that can help you improve the onboarding process for new employees and help managers with their own transitions into new leadership roles.
- NASA Employee Orientation
NASA, which is perennially ranked as the Best Place to Work in the Federal Government, has a well-developed web site dedicated to employee orientation.
- Getting On Board: A Model for Integrating and Engaging New Employees
Superb report by the Partnership for Public Service, includes suggested timelines and checklists.
- Helping a New Veteran Integrate into Your Organization [PDF]
Tips for supervisors for helping newly hired Veterans adjust to the culture of a civilian organization. Also available as a PowerPoint.
- Training for New Arrivals
Recommended practices for helping new employees get up to speed quickly.
- Taking Charge, by Michael Watkins
Seven insightful tips for helping leaders manage their transition into a new organization from the co-author of The First 90 Days in Government.
Onboarding Video for EPA EmployeesThis short video does an excellent job of connecting new employees to the EPA's mission.