I was able to be a contributing member of my new workplace by Noon on Day 1. It's not often new employees can say that. Not because I'm such a rockstar but because my employers did pre-work that enabled me to jump right in.
Here is what my new employers did:
1. Gave job description, duties, salary in an email.
- I don't think this is standard, but great as I could review and prep questions.
2. Gave HR forms at job offer meeting.
- These were taken home and to be returned before start day.
- Saved hours in HR the first day.
- Required fingerprinting completed and clearance approved before start.
3. Computer access was setup as was my email address.
- Seems basic and minor, but not many IT departments get it done without a reminder phone call on start day. Or they setup this but not that.
4. Pre-printed lists of training/orientation areas to cover.
- Too many companies wing it.
- Building tour, forms location, network info, procedures, etc.
5. Fax and phone lists updated with my name
6. Keys and Security Code
- Building keys and alarm code all given on Day 1
7. Office was clean and ready
- My office was not a storage location with a bunch of junk I had to wade through before finding the desk top
8. Welcome e-mail.
- The office manager sent me a 'welcome' email. How nice was that?!