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It is said that human resources is the backbone of an organization. Most small business owners understand that without great employees, they will not reach the level of success they dream about. A business owner starts a business because they have a passion for their industry. What most small business owners don’t have a passion for is all of the pieces that come along with hiring employees. A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) like A Plus Benefits can be beneficial.
“At A Plus Benefits, we partner with businesses to take care of all of the tedious tasks involved in employing individuals including new hire paperwork, I-9 verifications, unemployment claims and hearings, backgrounds checks, drug screening and providing compliance assistance on all state and federal regulations,” said Amber Hunter, director of employee performance at A Plus Benefits.
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How does a small business owner onboard a new employee?
Onboarding is a crucial touch point in an employee’s journey with a small business. Take the time to prepare a 30-day, 60-day and 90-day plan. Create a checklist that considers all aspects of what it takes to ensure a new hire is set up for success on day one. Things to consider include:
- What equipment might they need to do the job?
- What training will they need to be successful?
- Whom do they need to meet in the organization right away to gain a better understanding of the company and the work they will be doing?
- What check-in points are necessary for success?
Be sure to share relevant information regarding benefits, wages, pay schedules, company policies and guidelines on day one. Many new hires are anxious to know these things right away, and communicating these during the job offer process and reviewing them on the first day of the job helps to put your new hire’s mind at ease so they may begin to focus on the work, and to integrate within the organization.
It is also important to get all of the necessary new hire paperwork out of the way on day one. Have employees complete their W-4, I-9 and any other new hire paperwork you have such as employment agreements, policy guide acknowledgments and benefits enrollment forms.
Additionally, the onboarding process is an excellent way to highlight the organization’s culture. Take the time to share the company history. Why did you start your business? What are your values? What is your customer focus? What are your organizational goals? This information helps the new hire to see the big picture and gain additional buy-in to the organization.
This article was written by Robin D. Everson for Small Business Pulse