Transcript of ESBHR Podcast #22: Tips on Orienting Your New Employee
I can’t believe that we are at the end of the hiring series of podcasts!
Orienting employees during their first few days is an essential step and a management best practice that every business should incorporate into their new hiring process; no matter how small the business.
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Your new employee orientation doesn’t need to be formal, although it certainly can be. What is important is that you have a plan or system in place to ensure that new staff are introduced to your company culture and have an opportunity to learn about the policies that are in place that affect them.
Depending on the size of the company or company practices, the orientation may include some type of training. A new employee orientation gives you the opportunity to help your new employee feel integrated into your business.
They need an opportunity to have at least a base line understanding of your vision and your expectations.
In today’s episode, I’ll share a tip sheet of sorts that can be used to meet with employees one on one or it can be used as a blue print for a more formal orientation.
Let’s dive into a few tips on how to best orient new staff members:
Tip #1: Welcome your new employee to the company and share with them the history of the company, as well as your organizations, mission, vision and values. Let them know if possible how their role contributes to the mission of your business.
Tip #2: Share the organizational structure of the company. Who is the owner of the company? Are there other individuals who help the owner run the company? Are there other departments or divisions? How many employees work at the company? Employees are an extension of the company and they should know these basic facts.
Tip #3: Discuss company policies. This is a good time to give your new employee an employee handbook, or sit with them as you go over any policies that you have online.
Tip #4: If appropriate, discuss their jobs with them to make sure that they understand their responsibilities. Let your new staff member know whom they can reach out to with any questions or concerns. If you aren’t able to speak to new employees one on one during their orientation because you are orienting a larger group, be sure that the employees supervisor has this important conversation with them.
Tip #5: Give them the lay of the land by sharing with them where key offices are located, or who they can speak to when they need to learn specific information on how to get things done.
Tip #6: Personally show them around the office, or assign someone to do this. Make sure that they are introduced to key personnel, but don’t neglect to introduce them to other business colleagues.
This is a short list of tips.
You should add any other steps that are important for your company.
I wish you all the best in your hiring efforts.
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