Get a lawyer to draft an employment agreement. This will save you troubles 100% of the time, and is the #1 recommendation of employment law practitioners everywhere. They deal with the nasty stuff when it goes sideways, so I trust this advice.

Onboarding is the process of getting an employee set-up to work productively. This is the paperwork, legal stuff, and job orientation that each new person needs before they can actually start producing work.

This could be as simple as filling out the basic paperwork, and then setting up a peer-to-peer job shadow for the first few days. Scale it to your needs, but do something to show your hires that you are excited to have them on the team. It doesn’t have to be complicated.

If you have fewer than 50 employees and no dedicated HR staff, you can and should outsource your onboarding to an HR consultant, HR firm, or use SaaS products. For example, services like Collage HR offer Employee Self-Onboarding to collect employee and tax info, auto enrol them in benefits and assign training all online and before their first day.

There are other SaaS companies like Trajectory IQ that have gamefied the onboarding process. If your company is big enough, this kind of onboarding may reflect the right tone of your company or brand.

Author: Jasmine P. Ramratan

Jasmine has over 15 years of human resources and progressive management experience in government and the Department of National Defence.

Jasmine is a positive, high energy and gregarious person who enjoys pushing her limits in new and exciting realms. As she transitions to a second career following nearly 15 years of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, she is seeking new opportunities to exercise her leadership, HR knowledge, and love of public speaking.

In her spare time, Jasmine serves on the Board of Directors as the Vice Chairperson for the national charity Courageous Companions which provides service dogs to military veterans and first responders who have physical and/or psychological injuries from their service. This cause is very close to her heart as a military veteran, spouse of an injured veteran and dog lover.

She is looking to expand her leadership roles by engaging in opportunities to mentor young human resource professionals to continuously have a positive impact on the industry within Alberta. She firmly believes that philanthropy is one of the most rewarding and personally fulfilling ways to use her talents and has committed to dedicating a portion of her time to these endeavours.

Jasmine holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Royal Military College of Canada, and the Certified Professional in Human Resources designation (CPHR) since 2014 and has native language abilities in French and English, and a working knowledge of Spanish and German.