Orientation is the time to convey your organization’s culture, expectations and philosophies. Include the following to successfully onboard employees:
- Provide the big picture. Illustrate where employees fit into the overall plan and goals. That makes them immediately see the value they bring to the organization.
- Ask them to read the handbook. Mention a few of the topics within and require them to sign a statement verifying they read it. Then sit down with them to answer any questions they may have.
- Present an overview. Use a more general approach to job responsibilities in the first few days. Don’t provide too many details on things employees won’t immediately start on.
- Use the buddy system. After general orientation is complete, assign someone within new hires’ specific area to mentor them on specifics.
— Adapted from “Components of New Employee Orientation,” George Root, http://smallbusiness.chron.com.