ORIENTING AND ON-BOARDING NEW EMPLOYEES
When you recruit new employees for your company, orientation should set the tone for on-boarding. New employee orientation is the process by which you introduce and welcome these employees into the company. One of the primary goals behind new employee orientation is to make each employee feel welcomed, integrated into the company and help them in performing their new responsibilities. In every organization, there exists a core of information that you have to share with every new recruit in your company. But, the components may vary depending on the level of the job, the experience of the new employee and the responsibilities surrounding the job.
The orientation process of the new employees is generally spear headed by the HR manager and it covers information from various areas such as:
- Introduction to the work environment
- Job Safety
- The description of the new job (i.e., reviewing duties, responsibilities, etc.)
- Company benefit packages as well as eligibility
- Culture of the company
- History of the company
- Organizational Chart
OTHER AREAS OF ORIENTATION
The orientation process also includes introduction to the different departments of the company. The HR manager also introduces the new employees to key employees who will help them in succeeding with their job. Employee on-boarding also includes training of the new employee, which could be technical, on the job, virtual, etc. Orientation also includes ensuring that the new employees understand the flow of work within their department and departments they work and are intertwined with.
WHY IS EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION REGARDED AS AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION FOR EMPLOYEE ON-BOARDING?
As already indicated, employee orientation is very important for employee on-boarding. On-boarding assists in laying a foundation for the career of new employees with the organization. Remember, sometimes your first impression can be the last impression. Therefore, painting a positive picture of the organization is a very important function of orientation. Without so, new employees might not feel at ease in his/her new role and thus will take longer time for fulfilling his/her potential. There are several other benefits like:
- Helping with employee retention.
- Encourages the new employees and helps them adapt to the job faster.
- It promotes effective communication between the new employee and their supervisor.
- It also contributes to a much more effective and productive form of workforce.