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Defining Onboarding: 30-Day Check-In


As noted in Onboarding Basics, we’ve learned that onboarding a new employee consists of multiple stages. First you must pre-board them (essentially prepare for their arrival) then you make their first day a kick-butt kind of first day. The next stage of the onboarding process is the 30-day check-in.

Here are few steps and tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your 30-day check-in.

Why is a 30-Day Check-In is Important?

Checking in with your new hire is crucial in their onboarding experience. It allows them to be heard and for you to gain insights on where they’re at and how they’re liking their new position. Use their 30-day check-in to give and get feedback. They want it and you should too.

“82% of employees appreciate positive and negative feedback” – Forbes

“65% of employees said they wanted more feedback.” – Officevibe

30-Day Check-In Gift Ideas

While checking in and giving feedback, show your new hire you truly appreciate them choosing to join your team and their great work so far with a 30-day gift. Here are some of our favorite 30-day gift ideas:

What to do at Your 30-Day Check-In

Be sure to check off these action items in the 30-day check-in with your new hires.

  • Ask what the highlights of their onboarding process have been
  • Ask what suggestions they have for improving the onboarding process
  • Get a pulse on how they feel about where they’re at in their role – are they catching on? Do they need more training sessions?
  • Get them a 30-day gift!

30-Day Questions

To help make sure you’re asking all the right questions, here are a few examples of what you could ask your new hire.

  • How was your first week?
  • What has been your favorite part about our onboarding process?
  • How are you feeling about your role? Is it what you expected?
  • What can I (manager) do to help ease you into your role better?
  • Do you feel like there is any training you missed and would like to get?
  • What are your initial thoughts of your team?
  • What personal goals do you have for your first 90 days?

Now that you know the importance of a 30-day check-in, learn more about the other ways you can create a master onboarding process.