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5 Docs That Belong in Your Employee Onboarding Packet

By: Steve Stormoen / Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To bring new hires up to speed quickly, you need a comprehensive employee onboarding packet with your most important documents. Which documents belong in this packet? Here are 5 essential docs to include, each of which you can get signed online in minutes with RightSignature.

1. Form I-9


The first document in your employee onboarding packet, IRS Form I-9 (the Employment Eligibility Verification Form) establishes your new hire’s identity and confirms his or her right to work in the United States. After completing the document, he or she must present appropriate identification, such as a passport, by the time they start work.

The numerous fields of Form I-9 cause many new employees to fill it out incorrectly or incompletely. RightSignature helps eliminate errors by allowing employers to make filling fields mandatory and include helpful instructions.

2. Employee Handbook

An employee handbook introduces a new hire to your company’s culture and policies. It is important to get your new hire’s signature to verify that he or she has read and understood all your company’s rules.

However, printing handbooks is expensive, especially if your company has remote employees or updates policies regularly. Instead, put your employee handbook in your employee onboarding packet, then use RightSignature to get it signed online. This one fix will eliminate your printing costs completely.

3. Benefits Approval Form

Know your family’s annual healthcare costs? Or the difference between an HMO and a PPO? Probably not, which makes benefits approval forms time consuming.

Choosing between health, vision, dental and retirement plans on the spot is the most intimidating part of the onboarding process, so these documents are frequently taken home — and forgotten. RightSignature sends automatic reminders on every document, ensuring that your forms are signed comfortably but promptly.

4. Direct Deposit Form

With direct deposit, employees receive paychecks directly in their bank account, saving HR departments and bookkeepers the headaches of lost paychecks and printing and shipping costs. RightSignature adds more convenient by allowing your new employee to fill out and sign a direct deposit form online.

A direct deposit form also often requires a voided check from the employee to complete. That’s easy to provide with RightSignature. Using the Request Attachments feature by RightSignature, your new hire can attach a photo of a voided check to his or her direct deposit form, making it easy to sign and impossible to lose.

5. Non-Disclosure Agreement

If your new hire will be handling any company trade secrets or intellectual property, a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is a necessary precaution. In fact, more companies to have all employees sign an NDA to promises not to disclose or disseminate protected company information.

RightSignature makes it easy and inexpensive to have NDAs signed and keep the records afterwards. For RightSignature users, this means plenty of benefits in terms of legal protection.

These 5 documents combine government paperwork, employee service and legal protection to let new hires acclimate quickly and comfortably to your company, making the employee onboarding process painless. RightSignature makes onboarding new employees even easier, with fast and secure online signatures facilitating onboarding. 

RightSignature can even let you package these documents together to make a single employee onboarding packet that you send all together, while making it easy to search and sort each document individually. Try RightSignature for free today.

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