The Value of Employee Orientation
Take a moment and think back to what happened during your very first day working for a company, either with your current employer or at a previous job. Now ask yourself these questions:
- What information was I given by my trainer?
- Was this information truly valuable?
- How long did the training last?
- Did I gain a sense of my purpose with the company?
- Were company values shared with me?
- Did I feel like I wasted my time?
According to an article published on Forbes.com, many businesses are not utilizing the orientation period as well as they should. During the first few days at work (with emphasis given to the very first day), new employees are very impressionable. They want to make a positive impact on those they met and are slightly disoriented from all the new information that is thrown at them. This sets up an ideal opportunity for management to mold these new employees to company important goals and values. Instead, trainees have often inundated procedures, processes, and other minutiae that could easily be shared at a later time. Or worse, they can be thrown in front of their monitor, telephone, or cash register after only a few minutes of conversation.
So what should companies do to take advantage of this opportunity? Instead of simply directing your training towards the employee’s function, try to help them understand their purpose. This has the power to have a tremendous impact on the way that this person interacts with others and performs their responsibilities.
Why is Employee Orientation important? It:
- Supplies the new employee with accurate information to make them more comfortable in their role: Any employee that’s put into a whole new situation will experience fear and/or anxiety. This can hinder their ability to learn the job quicker. However, with a properly executed employee orientation, this can help reduce the anxiety leading to a productive employee instead of someone who is guessing and wasting time.
- Boosts the employee’s confidence and helps the new employee adapt faster to their job: It is imperative that new employees learn as soon as possible what is expected from not only them but others as well. By having a proper orientation, this increases the employee’s confidence thus resulting in more productivity.
- Enhances employee retention: Turnover in a workplace increases when employees feel undervalued and unappreciated in their position. Orientation shows that the organization values the employee, and helps provide them with the tools necessary for succeeding in their position.
- Saves time for managers: The better the initial orientation, the less likely that supervisors and coworkers will have to spend time teaching the new employees. You can successfully cover all aspects of the company, the departments, the work environment, and the culture during this time. The manager and coworkers should only reinforce these concepts when needed.
As you can see, an effective orientation program is essential to not only the newer employees but to the company as well. Take the time to help the newcomers adapt, learn, and grow within their position and the organization. With a well-organized orientation, everything can be explained and covered which will result in growing the company.