Monday, October 31, 2011

Proper Employee Orientation Increases Retention

For years employers have suspected a link between new employee orientation programs and retention. Research over the last decade repeatedly confirms that organizations who conduct new employee training programs can not only expect decreased turnover rates, but happier, more productive employees.
Companies invest a great deal of time, energy and money to recruit talented people for their businesses.  It only makes sense that a portion of this time & money be allocated to new employee orientation programs as well.  A good orientation program can help employees feel welcome and part of the organization they have joined.
Employee orientation is an important aspect in not only welcoming and retaining newly hired employees but also increases their productivity.  By developing an effective new hire program, employees will develop a positive impression of your business and get up to speed faster.

It’s important that orientation programs are carefully planned to educate and inform employees not only about their role with the company, but also to help create awareness and understanding of the organizations values, culture, vision and objectives/mission. 

Here are some basic guidelines for a new orientation program: 

Help the new employee feel welcome. Have a card signed by fellow employees, introduce the employee to coworkers, take the employee to breakfast or lunch.  

Company Introduction
Take the time to explain your organization's history, mission and philosophy of doing business.  “Nothing is more important to us than….”  

Acclimate the Employee
Help the employee feel comfortable in their new surroundings. Provide them with names, phone numbers and job titles.  

Assist the employee in feeling productive by providing a work area that is set up and ready to use. Have supplies on hand and provide instructions on how to use phones and equipment.  Assign a mentor that can help along the way.  

Review Paperwork and Policies.
Review Employee Handbook,  I-9 and W-2 forms, job description and expectations etc…
Taking a few hours to orientate new employees to your organization can not only make a significant difference in how quickly a new employee becomes productive, but can also result in positive long term impacts for your organization.

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