No matter what size your company is, a formal orientation is the best way to welcome new employees and introduce them to your organization. Orientation can range from a few hours to several days, depending on the amount of information to cover and the complexity of the position. Ideally, orientation should take place as soon as possible after the employee’s start date. This will create a positive first impression that is consistent with the image you conveyed during the hiring process. It will also help the employee get familiar with your organization and will open a dialogue for any questions that the individual may have.
New employee orientation, or “onboarding,” is an important piece of HR and employee management. A formal orientation is essential to setting a new hire up for success. It’s also a continuation of the corporate image and values you portrayed during the interview process…think of it as your second chance to make a great impression for your company or organization. Employee orientation can also be designed for current staffers who are being promoted to a new position within the company and need a similar type of program.