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Make the most of orientation

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Orientation is the time to convey your organization’s culture, expectations and philosophies. Include the following to successfully onboard employees:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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,

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