Employee orientation is about introducing new employees to the workplace which includes their job responsibilities, their team members, departments and so on. The idea is to make them feel at home, make them aware of the company policies and familiarize them with the new role and people they will work with.
Employee orientation sets the first impression on your new employees. It's like a trailer you play for the new employees, telling them how their life at work would be. An effective orientation can significantly help in reducing employee turnover at your company. Both the company and the employee can reap the benefits of a good orientation.
The orientation will convey the expectations and responsibilities to the new employee, helping them set the course for their work. It will get them started on any training and certification necessary for their work, which helps them get productive at the earliest.
Your orientation program should answer questions that your new hires may have about their roles and responsibilities, company policies, or anything about the workplace.
The aim is to make your employees feel welcome and help them get started effectively. Here are some things you can do to make them feel comfortable:
Ensure that the new hires get their laptops, phones, email addresses, and other logins on their first day itself, with proper instructions and demo, so they can get productive on the get go.
Take care of the paperwork way ahead of their first day. Ensure that you have the right tools in place that can collect all the necessary signatures and documents beforehand.
Set aside a welcome kit, with freebies such as T-shirts, Mugs, key chains, notebooks and other stuff that is quirky and useful, and makes them happy. If possible, set aside time for a welcome lunch outing with all the team members.
Assign a mentor or a ‘Buddy’, who can be the go-to person for the new hire. They can introduce them to the team members, show around the office, introduce them to the company lingo. This will give your new employees an understanding of the company culture.
Ensure that the managers take time to interact with the new joinees. Let them know what their responsibilities are, and how it contributes to the company goals. At the same time, ensure that you understand their personal goals, and design a plan that aligns them with the company.
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