Millennial Onboarding

More than ever, millennials – those born between 1980 and 1995 – are entering the workforce and becoming a vital part of our organizations. These workers bring a unique outlook on life to their jobs, and may also pose unique challenges. Taking time to customize the onboarding process for millennial employees helps promote employee retention and ensures that millennials are properly socialized into the workplace. Customizing the onboarding process for millennial employees benefits both the employee and the workplace.

Research has consistently demonstrated that when clear goals are associated with learning that the learning occurs more easily and rapidly. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define onboarding
  • Discuss the characteristics of Millennials
  • Create an onboarding process for Millennials
  • Develop action plans for working with Millennials
  • Learn from introspection

Purpose of Onboarding

  • Start Up Costs
  • Employee Anxiety
  • Employee Turnover
  • Realistic Expectations
  • Case Study
  • Assessment


  • Why Onboarding?
  • Importance of Onboarding
  • Making Employees Feel Welcome
  • First Day Checklist
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Millennials and Onboarding

  • Who are Millennials?
  • How Do Millennials Differ from Other Workers?
  • Investiture Socialization – Let Them Be Themselves!
  • Informal Rather than Formal Onboarding Processes
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Onboarding Checklist

  • Pre-Arrival
  • Arrival
  • First Day
  • First Week
  • First Month
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Engaging the Millennial Employee

  • Create an Informal Program
  • Engage Employees One on One
  • The Role of Human Resources
  • The Role of Managers
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Following Up With the Millennial Employee

  • Initial Check-In – One on One
  • Following Up – Regular, Informal Follow Ups
  • Setting Schedules – Millennials and Work-Life
  • Mentoring and the Millennial
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Setting Expectations with the Millennial Employee

  • Define Requirements – Provide Specific Instructions
  • Identify Opportunities for Improvement and Growth
  • Set Verbal Expectations
  • Put It in Writing
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Mentoring the Millennial

  • Be Hands-On and Involved
  • Serial Mentoring
  • Be a Mentor, Not an Authority Figure
  • Focus Millennia’s Exploratory Drive on Work
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Assigning Work to the Millennial Employee

  • Provide Clear Structure and Guidelines
  • Provide Specific Benchmarks
  • Set Boundaries and Provide Reality Checks
  • Guide, Don’t Dictate
  • Case Study
  • Assessment
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