Continuing with our discuss of the best practices in onboarding brings us to the category of Acculturation Onboarding tasks we call adaptation: these tasks are intended to guide an employee into their new role.  Even with a job that is generally universal and with an experienced candidate, there may be unique approaches, perspectives, and strategies that the employee must adapt to.  Often adaptation is associated with training and gathering feedback from the new employee.

At this point–sheepish that I didn’t mention it in my last blog–you might be interested in our philosophy on implementing an acculturataion onboarding system.  If so, and you need something to help you sleep at night, we have a pretty popular article on acculturation onboarding: http://www.emeraldsoftwaregroup.com/News/20081103_ArticleCRJT

Tasks that are normally part of the adaptation category of acculturation onboarding include:

o   New Employee’s Learning Plan

o   Policy Training & Testing

o   Security Training & Testing

§  Physical Security

§  Network, Internet, & Virtual Security

o   Job Training

o   Materials and Work Items Training

o   Skills Remediation & Personal Development

o   Special Skills Training, such as foreign languages or business protocol

o   Surveys

o   Ensuring Expectations Have Been Met by Company

o   Ensuring Employee Feels They Have Materials They Need to be Effective

o   Ensuring Employee Feels They Are Connecting with Company and Coworkers

This also happens to be the most “personal and intimate” of topics in onboarding, the one that is most likely to be customized to meet the culture and brand of your organization.

In the next (and final!) blog in my series on onboarding best practies, we’ll wrap up by discussing “connection” tasks.

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