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Winning at the Onboarding Game

Onboarding is a critical chess move in the talent management game. Once you’ve found your ideal candidate, the next challenge is getting them to fit comfortably into your corporate jigsaw puzzle. Successful onboarding doesn’t just accelerate productivity—it can foster a sense of belonging that encourages your star recruit to stick around. In fact, most new employees decide within the first week whether they’re in for the long haul!


Meeting the demands of effective onboarding might feel like juggling flaming torches, especially with limited time and resources. But with the right strategies, you can turn up the heat without getting burned. Here are four tips that can make a world of difference:


  • Set Up for Success: Before the first day, provide your new recruit with their work email and phone extension. This small step gives them a sense of belonging and lets them hit the ground running. Go beyond the basics—give them the insights they need to gel with their colleagues, bosses, and the company culture.
  • A Grand Welcome: Remember your own first-day jitters? Ease their nerves with a warm greeting on arrival. Show them around and introduce them to the team in a fun, memorable way. When they feel comfortable and safe, they’re more likely to excel.
  • Engage with a Project: Idle hands aren’t helpful on the first day. Keep your new hire engaged with a project they can start right away. Involvement promotes a sense of belonging and helps them feel like a valuable part of the team.
  • Lunching and Learning: Arrange a casual lunch with several team members during the first week. This social engagement is an excellent way for everyone to get to know each other beyond professional confines.


Effective onboarding is a beautiful blend of rapid productivity and creating a strong sense of team spirit. It’s more than a phase—it’s an integral part of your recruitment process.


According to a 2022 report by Gallup, “only 12% of employees strongly agree their organization does a great job of onboarding new employees.” So, how are you making sure your onboarding process isn’t just good, but great?


Anjela Mangrum, founder of Mangrum Solutions, is your go-to expert for Operations & Supply Chain Management Recruitment in the manufacturing universe! Fueled by her passion for connecting exceptional candidates with amazing opportunities, her firm’s energetic and lively approach ensures a thrilling and memorable experience for all involved. Dive into the excitement—join our MVP Networking Group and follow us on LinkedIn for the freshest news, savvy tips, and buzzworthy trends in manufacturing recruitment.  Mangrum Solutions—your winning partner in hiring success!