Thank you, everyone, for the excellent input thus far!
@SuperSalad - Based on your suggestions, I’ve added a walkthrough of our company org chart and a discussion of “key players” she will likely be interacting with most from other departments. Thank you!
@Latexman - She is relocating to the area and, especially given the difficult time of the pandemic, we’ll do our best to give her the lay of the local land outside the office to help her acclimate to the area.
@RevDesigner - In all honesty, our company isn’t the best at writing out standards, but we are doing better as time goes. I’ve created some process flow charts for my department which will hopefully set workflow expectations clearly and other items I’ll need to convey directly for now. We do have procedures for several of our work products, like calculations, that she’ll be trained on.
@btrueblood - At your suggestion, I’ve added a drawing knowledge course to the development plan.
@MSQUARED48 - As we progress through the development plan initially here, I’m thinking I may develop a “Phase 2” development plan for 6 months + as I see where her strengths and weaknesses lie.
@jari001 - I have assigned a mentor for her very much in the same vein as the office buddy you mention. We’ve agreed that between myself or her mentor, one of us will set apart an hour each Friday for a general chat to address any questions, comments, or suggestions our new hire might have…with the understanding that this mentor will be available as needed throughout the week and “check in” periodically as well.
@SparWeb - Luckily, my department is not overly pre-occupied with strictly billable time. I’ve had a couple of discussions with her mentor - whom I’m counting on helping with several training classes also - and feel we are on the same page regarding time needed, at least initially, in mentoring efforts. I was, indeed, the person who interviewed her and hired her - and I will definitely take up your suggestion on recounting those factors that set her apart in her first evaluation. We do evaluations regularly, every six months. Also, I’m looking forward to the fresh perspective myself - it’s funny how you don’t realize something doesn’t make good sense until someone tells you that.
Everyone - thank you for the great advice so far; I’ve had some good takeaways from everything suggested thus far. Much appreciated and thanks in advance to anyone else with some wisdom to share.