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Orientation & Training: Part One

New Employee Orientation

Hiring new employees is a crucial part of any business, and integrating them into the workplace is a fundamental aspect of the process. This week’s article is all about and making your new hire feel welcome, informed, and ready to take on the role at hand. 

New employee orientation can be as creative as you’d like, but just be sure to cover the basics. Remember: orientation begins the moment your new employee walks through the door. It is important to plan for any addition to the team well ahead of time, as this will ensure that you are ready to showcase the company culture you’ve worked so hard to cultivate.

Below are a few best practices in new employee orientation to help get you started:

Plan Ahead
  • Create a comprehensive orientation schedule. 
  • Prepare all training materials. 
  • Ensure that the employee’s work space (office, cubicle, locker, etc.) is clean and ready. 
  • Inform your staff members that  there will be a new addition to the team.
  • Survey your current employees to find out what they would want to learn about your company during their first few days on the job.  Be sure to incorporate their ideas into your overall orientation schedule. 

Give a Warm Welcome 

Welcome your new employee to the office with a hearty handshake and an enthusiastic greeting. Let them know what the plan is for their first day (e.g. “you’ll be training with me,” or “today we’ll mostly be filling out paperwork and setting up your computer station”). Although a simple courtesy, this step can often make an employee feel at home and help eliminate those first day jitters. 

Meet and Greet

Brainstorm interesting ways to introduce your new employee to existing members of your team – either one at a time or at an office-wide meeting. This will help everyone become familiarized with your new hire and welcome them to the office. Remember that meet and greets can be overwhelming, so you may want to spread introductions out over several days. 

Take a Tour

No matter how large or small your place of work may be, a tour is an essential part of the orientation process. Something as simple as knowing where the washrooms and kitchen are will help your new employee get the lay of the land and (hopefully) feel at ease in their unfamiliar surroundings. 

Cover the Basics

Odds are you will have a large amount of information to cover before the employee can be integrated into his or her new role. Remember to start with the basics and work your way up. Leave time for any questions that may arise.    

Make Quality Time

Allow your new employee to spend extended periods of time – several hours or even days – with individuals in each department (even those that do not directly impact his or her role). This process can provide a more complete picture of your company and what each team member brings to the table.  

Proper orientation is a vital step in the creation of a dedicated, long-term employee. It can transform previously unfamiliar surroundings into an environment that fosters hard work and growth.