For a new hire workplace seems to be a strange confusing place and to reduce such stress for your new employee, orientation is a best practice that every organization whether big or small should incorporate.
Your new employee orientation does not need to be too formal. What is important is that your new employee is introduced to your organization’s culture and has the opportunity to learn the company policy.
If your organization is large in size or you have a company practices, you can provide some kind of training to your new employees. An employee orientation helps your new employees feel part of the organization. Orientation can help your new employees learn at least the vision of your organization and what is expected from them.
Here are some points on how to conduct orientation in an effective way.
Welcome your new employee to the company and share with them the company’s vision, mission and values. Let your employee know how their role contributes to the organization’s mission and vision.
Who’s who. Let your employees know the organizational structure of your organization. Share organization’s background with your new employee like who is the owner of the company or people associated with the organization. Let them know the different department and division of the company, how many employees work in the organization.
Discuss company policies. If your company has an employee handbook then it is much easier to handover to their new employees and ask them to go through it and be aware of company policies. Or sit down with them and discuss the company policies clearly.
Job detailing. Discuss the job in detail for which they are hired to ensure that the new employees understand their responsibilities and roles. Let your employee know whom to contact and who to reach out to if they have any issues or concern.
Let them know their office. Personally show them their new office or assign someone to do this. New employees need to know every department or employees concerning their job but one can avoid introducing your new employee to each and every person who either meets in a hallway or cafeteria or any other department which does not concern your new employee.
Employees are the extension of the company and they should know these basic facts.
A good orientation is an effective way to be sure that your new employee has understood his role and is ready to rock n roll with company’s move.