Orienting the Employee
Orientation is the process of introducing new employees to the company, to
their supervisors and coworkers (if there are any), and to their jobs. After you
the necessary paperwork, you'll want to concentrate on bringing your
employee into your business by arranging for an orientation.
Whatever form it takes, an orientation session serves several purposes:
- It gets the new worker started on productive activity.
- It ensures that new employees get accurate information. Coworkers do not
always give the right answers, for whatever reasons.
- It gives you the chance to develop good work habits in your new employee.
- It can help the newcomer feel welcome, relieve anxiety, and start the
person toward being a loyal, productive member of your business.
But what should an orientation cover?
- some discussion of what your business does and what your business goals
- a review of the job
description with the new employee, so he or she knows what the specific
duties will be (although the employee should have a general idea from the
- how the employee's job fits into the overall picture
- basic work
- a tour of the workplace
Various parts of the orientation should happen at different times, so we've
given you lists of what to do: