Until key players agree on what is getting done by when by whom, you do not have a plan. Timelines and milestones are the critical link between theoretical plans and meaningful actions. This is applicable on both sides of onboarding.
For the hiring manager, timelines and milestones are tools to get key players aligned and help keep them on track through the various stages of onboarding – acquisition, accommodation, assimilation and acceleration.
For the new recruit, milestones are essential building blocks of a high performing team.
On the one hand, this is very basic stuff. On the other hand, these are often the missing links between a set of strategies and plans that are theoretically elegant and actions happening in the order desired at the time agreed to deliver results required.