If you want new employees to perform well, you have to get them off to a good start. This means getting help from your team. Assign them the task of bringing their new teammate up to speed, and have them share “collective responsibility” for his success. Ask one person to act as a sponsor, and designate her to be the go-to person for when the new teammate runs into problems. This is good for the sponsor, who gets an opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills, and the new employee, who can get feedback without having to worry about asking his new manager questions. Remember that the smallest things count. You want to make the onboarding experience memorable in a positive way — ask team members to coordinate so the new teammate doesn’t eat lunch alone the first week.