Starting a new job can be stressful. Between meeting new people, getting up-to-speed on the company and product, and becoming comfortable in a new setting, the first few days and weeks are often hectic. One way to alleviate these feelings is implementing an efficient developer onboarding process. Here are a few tips for onboarding developers and helping them settle into their new roles.
Ask almost anyone about their first day of work and you’re bound to hear complaints about having to fill out massive amounts of paperwork. While no one actually enjoys reading and signing paperwork, the process can be simplified.
Instead of having new candidates read through stacks of paperwork on their first day, start onboarding developers by sending over the basic documents ahead of time. Usually this can be done electronically through programs like BambooHR or HelloSign. HR can also collect basic employee information, such as banking information and emergency contact information, over the phone or through e-mail to save time.
Although there are bound to be certain documents that have to be explained or signed in-person, having the bulk of it done beforehand will eliminate a good chunk of paperwork-induced frustration.
It sounds obvious enough, but you’d be surprised at how many developers have to wait days before actually being able to log into their e-mail, let alone work with code. The new employee’s manager should make sure all necessary equipment is ordered and ready for the developer to get their job done. A new employee shouldn’t come into their new office and be told they don’t have a seat or computer yet because it’s “still being delivered.”
Before the new hire comes in, work with your internal tech team to set up their workspace, including providing them with their own desk, setting up their computer(s), and having all pertinent software up and running. Nothing’s worse than experiencing a first day without a place to call your own.
Each new technical employee should be assigned a specific developer mentor, ideally a senior-level developer within the company. Doing this in advance of the new hire coming in helps ensure a smooth and comfortable first day.
The mentor’s responsibilities can include everything from reviewing code to giving an overview of the company’s culture. The mentor should dedicate a few hours a day to answering technical questions and walking them through the code.
Another good idea is for the mentor, manager, and developer to meet at scheduled intervals to give feedback and discuss any projects they’re working on. After the first month, it may also be beneficial to get feedback on the developer onboarding process and make any necessary changes moving forward for future employees.