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New Employee Onboarding Checklist for the Construction Industry

The onboarding process is the critical first step in getting a new employee situated and ready to work. However, in industries much like construction, employees don’t often start their first day at a central office.

Onboarding field-based employees can be a bit tricky, but with a little extra effort and preparation, employers can set up an efficient routine that gets their new hires ready to go in no time. This checklist can give you an overview of some of the ways to make sure your new employee is ready to go for their first day in the field.

Before Start Date

  • Collect all necessary equipment for the employee such as safety gear, tools, and any other items that are provided by the company, and make sure they will be at the job site for when your new employee starts.
  • Although not necessary, setting up your new employee with a welcome gift or item such as a company mug or a hat could help your new employee feel welcome and included on their first day on site.
  • An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) can help you optimize your hiring process from recruiting to onboarding by integrating important information about the applicant. If you have a cloud-based system, you can send the new employee any HR & legal forms via e-mail for them to fill out before their first day. Once they fill it out in the online portal, the information will be automatically saved into your system.
  • Similarly, a copy of the company handbook should be sent to the new employee for them to read and sign. This too can be done through an online portal of most ATS’s.  

 

On The Start Date

  • Set up any necessary safety and operational training for them to go over as soon as they arrive. Every industry carries its own set of rules, and compliance with those regulations must be met from day one.
  • If possible, assign another team member to meet them when they arrive and point them in the right direction and explain the process and schedule of their new role.
  • Schedule at least one touchpoint in the day to connect with the employee, even if it is over the phone, to see how their day is going and answer any questions that they may have.

Follow-ups should be regularly scheduled after that to make sure things are going well. Regular meetings with employees can help keep the employee engaged by opening a consistent channel of communication.

You deserve a recruitment process that is highly efficient and agile. Payroll Systems’ ATS is the tool you need to empower your company with top-notch talent.

Contact us to learn more about our HR and payroll solutions to complement ATS— from timekeeping systems with companion mobile app, physical clocks, and customized job costing and labor distribution reporting.

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This article provides general information and shouldn’t be construed as legal or HR advice. Since employment laws may change over time and can vary by location and industry, please consult a lawyer or HR expert for advice specific to your business. You can also contact Payroll Systems to inquire about our HR support services.