The traditional approach to "onboarding" -- sitting your new hire down with a stack of reading or a series of trainings -- doesn't do much to explain how the organization truly functions. Take these three steps to help your new hire understand how work gets done and what he can do to add immediate value:
- Start early. Onboarding starts with hiring. During interviews, expose all candidates to the organization's culture. Don't oversell your company; be honest about who you are and how you work.
- Introduce him to the right people. Identify key stakeholders that your new hire needs to know. Broker early introductions so that he can begin building relationships right away.
- Get him working. This shouldn't be a sink or swim approach. Put him on projects where he is supported by others and can start contributing right away.