A well-thought out onboarding plan quickly engages a new employee in the work of the department, college, or unit and:



  • Shortens the time it takes a new employee to start performing successfully and contributing to their department, college, or unit;
  • Helps a new employee quickly learn how to use their skills, knowledge, and expertise in their role and how to effectively work with their colleagues;
  • Demonstrates that your department, college, or unit is well-run and values their employees by being prepared for them when they start;
  • Significantly reduces the chances that a newly hired employee will leave shortly after they start or be unable to perform their job.

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An effective onboarding plan goes beyond just a checklist and:

  • Focuses on moving employees through the onboarding process at a speed that allows them to be successful;
  • Involves the supervisor, the team, and the new employee in the process;
  • Is tailored based on the new employee's level of experience, their role, and their familiarity with the University;
  • Covers all of the key elements: communication, resources, compliance, culture, expectations and relationships.

View the printable guide below for more details.

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Key elements of an onboarding plan: communication, resources, compliance, culture, expectations, and relationships

Use the template below to create a tailored onboarding plan that encompasses all of the key elements.

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