Create an onboarding process and people-centric culture that uses the power of personality assessments to set your team up for success.


The first few months a new hire spends at a company impacts their long-term success and contribution to the team. They learn to settle into their role, navigate their job responsibilities, and adjust to a new environment. Besides making a few introductions and getting paperwork squared away, help an employee find their sweet spot with an onboarding process that harnesses the power of personality assessments and a people-centric culture that sets them up for success. 

Birkman Basics can help you accomplish these goals by:

  1. Laying the foundation of emotional intelligence for new hires during their first week on the job
  2. Maintaining momentum by encouraging ongoing conversations about personality
  3. Help a new hire better understand their new manager and team 

By creating a company culture that harnesses the power of personality, you can:

  • Expedite an effective relationship process
  • Prevent needless conflict and misunderstandings
  • Drive employee engagement
  • Provide each team member with what they need to be successful

Use Birkman Basics to create an onboarding program where understanding personality and focusing on effective and impactful communication will successfully integrate them into your organization. 

Birkman Onboarding Checklist

During a new hire's first week, make sure to perform these activities with them: 

Birkman Intro  


You'll need: Birkman Basics Report

Have the respective manager sit down with the new team member to:

  • Familiarize them with Birkman concepts (use this video to give an overview of Birkman)
  • Walk them through their Birkman Basics report
  • Engage in honest conversation about their behavioral styles and expectations to set up the relationship for success right from the start!
Team Map_Web  


You'll need: Printouts of the Birkman Map that shows the orientation of each team member's symbolsseparate Maps for Usual Behavior, Interests, and Needs/Stress Behavior

Hang these printouts on the wall to help everyone remember how they relate to their team members! This keeps personality styles at the forefront of team interactions, which helps members:

  • Communicate with one another
  • Become familiar with everyone's Needs
  • Understand when they are stressed
This drives a culture where team members actively shape the environment of their team to help everyone stay productive and at their best.


Maintain Momentum

It can take several months for an employee to get comfortable with their job and company culture. Use these activities to help them connect and stay engaged with their coworkers:


You'll need: Birkman Buzz Cards - Interests Edition

Ask questions from the Birkman Buzz Card deck at the beginning of each meeting to make conversations about personality an ongoing discussion.


You'll need: Birkman Basics Report - Your Strengths (page 16)

Each month, gather the team to discuss a person's Your Strengths report. Highlight the assets this person brings to the group and give examples of how they have used these strengths to contribute to the organization. This is a great way to celebrate employees and develop respect for each member.



You'll need: Birkman Map Toolkit of choice

Once a quarter, walk your team through a different Birkman Map Workshop Toolkit to cultivate understanding and camaraderie. Even if veteran team members may have walked through the workshop before, there are always new insights to be gained and they can benefit from learning how they relate to new team members.

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