Employee orientations are an opportunity for the company to make a good and lasting impression on new employees. A professional and employee-oriented company has a lot to offer employees, but if employees are unaware of these benefits, the company may as well not have them.
Excellent orientations include:
An overview of the company
This portion should include the who, what, where, when, how and why of the company as well as a brief history of the company. This portion includes profiles of the key managers, a brief history of the company and the company mission or vision. It also includes a brief profile of the company business. New employees are curious as to who does what at a company and where they belong in the organization. An overview of the company should include an organizational chart with position titles and names of key personnel.
An overview of responsibilities
This section includes basic rules and company policies. Employees need to know how the company system works in regards to their:
Each organization has a “workplace culture.” Unfortunately, most employers assume that employees are aware of what is appropriate behavior and attire for the workplace. For new employees who have never held a job before, the workplace is a foreign environment and needs explanation. The new workplace is also foreign to employees who are not from the same country, and for those who have worked for other companies. Employees who have transferred within the company are at an advantage as they are familiar with the corporate culture and requirements.
An overview of benefit programs
This section covers all the benefits the employee is entitled to, when they are entitled to the benefits and how they can apply for them. A company that offers a wide selection of benefits has a competitive edge over those companies that offer limited benefits. Benefits that are most important to employees are health insurance, retirement plans, life insurance, paid vacation and educational assistance plans.
The orientation must address who is entitled to which benefits. In most companies, only full-time employees who have been with the company for 90 days or more are entitled to health insurance. In addition, most companies require that the employee must have been with the company for one year before they are eligible for tuition reimbursement plans. The orientation should cover what the benefit is, and who is eligible for the benefits during what time frame.
This section covers basic information about the physical facilities of the company, safety and health issues and miscellaneous. The general information presentation should cover such issues as:
Facilities use by employees
The orientation is an overview and meant to serve as a brief introduction to the company. Each department or work area manager should be responsible for providing an orientation to their own area and introducing the new employees to their co-workers.
Orientations provide the employee a feeling of belonging. For employees to be successful, it is important for new employees to understand the company and their role in making the company successful. Publisher’s note: After generously filling this space for several years, current responsibilities allow Karri less time for writing and this is her last column for Directions. We have valued her contributions and wish her well.
Written By: Karri Perez