The Purpose of New Employee Orientation

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New employee orientation is usually performed by the Human Resources department or the department in which the employee will work. The orientation process teaches the employee how to navigate the company's structure and learn how the company operates.

Marketplace Positioning

New employee orientations spend a portion of time reviewing the company's history. After understanding where the company has come from, the employee is brought up to date on where the company is and where it is headed.


The new employee learns the company structure. He learns about the CEO, Board of Directors and different divisions or groups that the company operates.

Values and Code of Conduct

Each company has a core set of values and codes of conduct by which they operate. The values may be community service, diversity, respect for others and so forth. The values are meant to instill the company's standard operating procedures in the new employee.


Although the participants in the new employee orientation program may have different benefit packages, the employee orientation typically reviews the general benefits available to all employees.

Information Systems

Companies often have computer systems that are used across the enterprise such as annual review systems or time clocks. The new employee orientation provides an opportunity for training on the company-wide systems.


New employee orientation also helps new employees meet. The orientation allows for introductions and the breaks throughout the day allow for networking.



About the Author

Hunter Taylor has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has authored articles for the "The Social Contract Journal," as well as newspapers, legislative magazines and e-newsletters for state legislators and organizations. Taylor holds a Master of Business Administration from Shorter University.

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