What to Include in a “New Hire” Packet
The hiring process can be long and tedious. Unfortunately, your work as a hiring manager is not done after finding the best person for the job. Providing new hires with a comprehensive orientation program is crucial to their success. If people are thrown into the mix too quickly, without a proper welcoming and adequate training, they could have trouble adjusting to their new environment, work and business structure.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) a total of 1 in 25 people quit a new job because of a poor or nonexistent onboarding program. In fact, up to 4 percent of new employees resign from their jobs after having a terrible first day. While many others are willing to stick it out past day 1, SHRM notes that people generally decide within the first 30 days whether or not they feel welcome at their new company.
A new hire packet is a point of reference for many standard inquiries and important information. It not only makes a new hire feel appreciated and part of the team, but also provides answers to the countless questions that might be on their mind. This seemingly small gesture can go a long way in helping a person get acclimated to your organization.
10 Items to Include in Your New Hire Packet
Unsure of what to include in your new hire packet? Begin by incorporating these 10 basic items:
- Mission statement
- Key company policies
- Dress code details
- Company holiday list
- Information on benefits
- Details on company discounts and perks
- Direct deposit instructions
- Worker’s compensation information
- Retirement plan details
- Human resources contact information
Include additional information based on what is appropriate for your company. It is also important to check state and local laws to see if there are any additional required topics.
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