This post is #4 in our series of Onboarding tips, to accompany the Onboarding Check-ins product that we’ve recently launched.
A great tool for bringing new people into the company is a Founders’ lunch. My general approach is to take all the people who have joined in the last month or so out to lunch with the company founders and senior management. Keep it small - 4-6 people max, intimate enough that it’s conversational, not just another presentation by the founders. You want a dialogue. Go around the table have everyone introduce themselves.
Then ask everyone to answer two questions:
While the answers to these questions are important - the cultural values they underscore are too. Your management is engaged, present, and cares about everyone’s opinions. They want feedback and constructive criticism. Every new person is bringing a valuable perspective to the team and you intend to start benefitting from that perspective as quickly as possible.
An ancillary benefit of the Founders lunch is also cross-team connections. If you don’t have a formal on boarding “boot camp” type process, a new hire lunch can establish a sense of a “class” of people who have joined the company at a similar time, introducing them to some people outside of their immediate team.
I recommend the lunch be 2-4 weeks after a person joins the company. Early enough to be impactful and have their hiring and onboarding be top-of-mind, but late enough that they will have seen enough of the company to have some useful perspective.