Read the presentation Lyft shows its new hires during their first day at work, with 10 key steps for being successful at the company

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  • Lyft onboards roughly 40 employees every week at its San Francisco headquarters.
  • Here's an abridged version of the new hire presentation.
  • The presentation outlines Lyft's company culture, core values, and mission.
  • Chief people officer Emily Nishi said the goal of new hire orientation is to show employees why their work is important and how they can make the best of their time at Lyft.
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Every Monday morning, roughly 40 new full-time Lyft employees descend on the company's San Francisco headquarters.

For the next day-and-a-half, they'll get to know each other and the company in an interactive introduction to life at Lyft.

The fundamental goal, Lyft's chief people officer Emily Nishi told Business Insider, is for employees to learn "why this work is important, and how they can really make the best of their time" at the ride-share company. They find out more about Lyft's history and mission, and hear from executives across the organization.

Lyft went public in 2019, one of several tech unicorns — including WeWork and Lyft competitor Uber — that had relatively unsuccessful IPOs that year. Around the same time, it was a target of protests by drivers demanding fairer compensation. Still, Lyft was ranked No. 19 on LinkedIn's list of the top 50 companies to work for in 2019, based on LinkedIn members' interest in working there and how long employees stay, among other measures.

Leaders at Lyft revamped its orientation programming a few years ago, Nishi said, in an effort to make it less like "someone talking to you" about benefits paperwork and dress codes. The new version of orientation is designed to "bring our core values and our mission to life," she added.

To that end, the agenda features more hands-on activities, like a visit to a lush San Francisco park that the city converted from a highway. "It's really neat for our new team members to see how our mission of providing the world's best transportation and, over time, reducing car ownership can really revitalize neighborhoods," Nishi said.

Orientation kicks off with a presentation of a slide deck describing Lyft's three core values — be yourself, uplift others, and make it happen — plus 10 steps to make it happen, including taking ownership of your work and prioritizing the team's success over your own.

Nishi emphasized the importance of making sure Lyft's entire workforce is aligned on the company values from day one. She said, "We're excited that we can give new team members walking in the door a really strong connection to that mission right from the start."

Below you'll find an abridged version of that orientation deck, which we've shared with Lyft's permission.

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