Onboarding is the process of integrating a new hire into a business or organization. This process kicks into high gear as soon as the job offer is accepted, and might not slow down until the new hire hits their three-month mark. The goal is to help employees become familiar with your products, services, and company’s culture and team, while giving them the tools and training they need to perform their role. For project managers, for example, the onboarding process requires a highly efficient plan of action. Luckily, this is made easier through the use of project management software, and by creating guidelines for being a good project manager from the get-go.
Ease into onboarding new project managers
The first day at a new job can be nerve-wracking, even for someone who has years of project management experience. After all, they’re back to square one for learning new procedures, working with a new team, and becoming familiar with company policies. The best way to relieve first-day jitters is by setting them up with an onboarding buddy – someone who can answer any questions they might have about clients, perks, benefits, or the company’s culture, internal structure, and workplace politics.
Another great way to welcome new project managers is with a welcome package. Upon their arrival, greet hires with company swag. This could take the form of a company-branded tote bag, notebook, mug, or whatever other fun things that will give a lasting impression.
Engage your project managers before day one
No one wants to feel like the awkward, new kid at school so be sure to send out basic information prior to day one. Email every new hire a brief list of what their first day will be like so they know exactly what to expect–where to park their car, how to get into the building, dress code, any free office snacks/coffee, nearby eateries, etc.
Create an onboarding project for supervisors
Don’t waste time giving new hires a ton of stuff to memorize, instead, provide them with something they can refer back to. Not only will it streamline the administrative process, but save everyone time. Nutcache is a great tool for managing projects and unifying communication and can be helpful for onboarding. Simply:
- Create a Project. i.e. Leader Onboarding Template for John Doe or make a duplicate of the project and update the project name with their name.