The Dos & Don'ts of Planning an Effective Employee Orientation

An employee orientation can "set the stage" for new employees. It's important that you make them feel welcome and at ease. Starting a new job can be like starting a new chapter in life. You are meeting all new people and becoming a part of an entirely new company. It's scary, which is why an orientation should be organized properly and do what it's supposed to do, start new employees off the right way. Our HR consulting company is here to give you the dos and don'ts of planning an employee orientation. If you need assistance with this vital task, call Kmet Consulting at 877-783-5638.

The Dos & Don'ts of Planning an Effective Employee Orientation

The Dos

1. Do create and send an agenda to all expected attendees ahead of time.
This way your new hires can feel less anxious about the day and they can know ahead of time what's expected to happen. This allows them to better prepare.

2. Do educate new employees about the culture of your company in a way they can understand.
When you have worked for a company for many years, it can be very easy to talk in terms only fellow co-workers can understand. There are most likely abbreviations and phrases that are specific to your organization, that you use quite a bit in conversation and may not even realize. Be mindful of that when speaking with new employees. It's their first day, they don't understand those terms yet, so speak in a way they can understand. Doing so can help them feel less overwhelmed at orientation.

3. Do give them breaks throughout the day.
Sitting all day absorbing all this information about a new company can be exhausting, so be sure to give an ample amount of breaks. Allow the new hires to get up and walk around, stretch their legs, and use the restroom. 

The Don'ts

1. Don't overload new employees with too much information.
Think about it this way, if you were sitting in a room and someone was going on an on about policy procedures and company culture without stopping for questions or breaks, would you retain much of that information? Odds are probably not. Be mindful of how much information you are trying to squeeze into one orientation day.

2. Don't be sloppy with your orientation preparations.
You are most likely preparing all sorts of welcoming documents and items for your new hires for the big day. Give yourself plenty of time to do this, so you're less likely to forget something.

3. Don't just treat an employee orientation as a Human Resources only event.
Get multiple departments involved. You are welcoming new employees to an entire company, so getting a diverse group of employees from multiple departments involved can give the new hires a realistic look into your company.

Need Assistance Planning an Effective Employee Orientation?

Kmet Consulting believes that no two companies are alike. That's why we offer custom HR solutions that are specifically designed for each client we have. When it comes to orientations, you’ve found your ideal employees - now it’s time to introduce these new recruits to your organization and their new roles. An orientation program helps employees understand their assigned duties and the terms and conditions of their employment. It should also make employees feel comfortable and introduce your organizational culture. By taking the time to properly orient new hires, employers increase the employee’s chances of being successful. Whether you haven't had the time to properly review your company's employee orientation process or you just aren't sure how to go about doing so, our HR consulting firm is here for you. Call Kmet Consulting, your one stop HR shop, today at 877-783-5638.



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