Human Resources and Onboarding New Employees

Note: Newly hired employees must complete the Federal Form I-9 no later than the first day of employment and may not begin working until this is done.

Effectively onboarding new employees does take considerable time and effort, but the time invested will pay off in huge dividends for all. A positive transition can leave a lasting impression with a new employee for years to come, but negative impressions brought about by bad experiences with colleagues, unclear expectations and an unpleasant work environment are next to impossible to undo.

Additionally, employees tend to establish either good or bad patterns early in their employment. Once bad work habits or unacceptable job performance are tolerated or become ingrained, they are hard to change. Rice’s onboarding process and other resources can help with the transition, but steering employees onto desirable paths is the primary responsibility of the supervisors and managers.

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