Effective Employee Orientation Programs for the Workplace
Tips and techniques on how to administer effective employee orientation programs.
New employees often come in to the work place with an expectation of learning the ropes fairly quickly. They should be qualified for the job they were hired to do and will feel confident that they will do well. While the specific tasks in a job may be similar to those at previous employers, the rules and regulations of the new company will likely be different. This is why It is important to offer the new employees a very effective employee orientation on their first day or days of their employment.
During the orientation they should receive all information pertaining to the specific safety procedures that are in place, the policies and procedures that they will be asked to adhere to, and what benefits they can expect in their new role. It is important to explain these things in terms that everyone in the class will understand. You may be doing orientation for several different levels of new employees. You could have new management in the room as well as people that are filling entry level positions.
Communicating effectively is the key to providing a clear understanding to the new employees.
You should make use of campaigns and slogans to help them remember the most essential points in the presentation. If you discuss the safety materials they should use when working in a warehouse or chemical lab, use pictures to describe the items. These same pictures should be placed on the walls in the work area to serve as reminders.
A very important part of an effective employee orientation program is the dress code. Nearly every facility, whether it is an office environment or a warehouse, has a dress code that must be adhered to. It is very important that the rules are followed for very good reasons. For example, if the rule is that you cannot wear open toed shoes in the work place, it is probably in place because the employee will be working around heavy boxes or chairs and carts with wheels on them that could cause serious injury if they come into contact with exposed toes.
Companies that do all that they can to communicate the policies and rules in an effective manner often times have higher retention rates. This is because, after the new employee completes the orientation, they should have a very clear idea of what is expected of them in their new role. A lot of the turnover that is common to many work places is due to improper training and a lack of knowledge about the responsibilities of a job. People begin to feel overwhelmed and feel like they are not doing a good job and then they look for other sources of employment.
The most effective employee orientation programs are designed to keep the employees involved and interested in the presentation. When done right, employees feel a sense of responsibility to the work place and the rules that are in place. Happy employees work harder and if they are informed they will be happier. Additional benefits are also realized when the employees are effectively trained to do their jobs. These benefits come in the form of higher productivity and happier customers. It is a win for the company and also a win for the new employees.