TIP TUESDAY: A New Employee’s First Day

An effective onboarding process ensures that new hires will feel welcome and prepared to take on their job, and understand the requirements of the position and performance expectations. Successful onboarding will also contribute to the likelihood that your new employee will become a long-time employee!

The checklist below can help you outline your employee onboarding process for his or her first day of work.

Schedule, Job Duties, and Expectations

  • Clarify the first week’s schedule, and confirm required and recommended training.
  • Provide an overview of the functional area “ its purpose, organizational structure, and goals.
  • Review job description, outline of duties, and expectations.
  • Describe how employee’s job fits in the department, and how the job and department contribute to the unit/school/DLC and the Institute.
  • Review hours of work. Explain policies and procedures for overtime, use of vacation and sick time, holidays, etc. Explain any flexible work policies or procedures.


  • Be available to greet the employee on the first day.
  • Introduce employee to others in the workplace.
  • Introduce employee to his/her buddy.
  • Take employee out to lunch.

Work Environment

  • Give employee key(s) and building access card.
  • Escort employee to MIT Welcome Center to complete I-9 and obtain MIT ID.
  • Remind employee to complete tasks on New Hire Activity page in  Atlas.
  • Discuss transportation and parking or escort employee to MIT Parking & Transportation office to obtain parking sticker.
  • Provide department or building-specific safety and emergency information.
  • Take employee on a campus tour.
  • Explain how to get additional supplies.

Technology Access and Related

  • Provide information on setting up voicemail and computer.




Tuesday’s Tip is provided by Kimberly Moore, Senior Recruiter.

For more information, contact Kimberly at The Hire Solution, 630-953-7370