I’m not talking about what happens before you get on an airplane, this pre-boarding is about how some smart organizations are introducing new hires into their company and culture. Pre-boarding should not be confused with “on-boarding” which is what happens to newly hired employees. The pre-boarding timeframe occurs between the time the candidate accepts an employment offer and their first day on the job. This timeframe can be days, weeks, or even months. So, what can you do during this time? And why do anything?

One of the most important parts of a training program, important meeting, or interview is to frame the thing. For example, you could start a candid conversation by telling the person what a jerk he is, or you could start by sharing how important he is to the whole team and you need his full engagement to make it happen. Framing is (almost) everything. And, in a way, by building a formal pre-boarding process in your organization, you are “framing” what it means to be a part of this new culture. The figure below shows a few things you could do in the pre-boarding process.

Some pre-boarding activities 

Why is it important to prepare new hires? People are your company. Keeping talent is a key priority in today’s full employment market. And, setting the stage for the new hire’s first day is a great way to help ensure that the transition to your company is successful. There should be no early departures if you develop an effective pre-boarding process.