Types of Employee Orientation

by Kristen Douglas; Updated September 26, 2017
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New employees in an organization can feel anxious in an environment that is completely different from a previous workplace. An employee needs to be able to quickly get a sense of her environment, the supervisory structure and her job expectations in order to perform well from the beginning. A structured employee orientation can help her make the best of her first few weeks of employment.

Orientation to Facility and Staff

Orient the new employee to the environment he will be working in. Introduce him to his supervisor, if it isn't you, and to his coworkers. Show him how to get to specific areas from his work station, such as the supply room, office machine areas, and the break room. If he works outside, show him the grounds and areas where he can find the tools he needs. You might find it smart to assign your new employee a mentor, so he can go to someone with questions later without feeling as if he is bothering coworkers. Give your new employee a notebook and pen so he can take notes on names, places or anything else that might help him later.

Safety and Policies Orientation

Orient the staff member to safety in her new environment, as well as the company's policies and procedures. Show her the facility's operations, stairways, exit routes and office machines. Give her a workbook or checklist of safety regulations, review your safety program, and show her where your emergency first aid kit is located. It is also a good idea to provide the new staff member with emergency procedures, such as how to get out of the building in case of fire. Much of this information can also be provided in an employee handbook, along with other essential information such as vacation time, dress codes, sick leave regulations, and other policies and procedures.

Work and Company Expectations

Make sure your staff member is not only oriented to his job duties, but also to the atmosphere you want to foster in your company. Ensure that he knows what is expected of him regarding work output, and that he has all of the tools he needs to get his job done. Talk with your staff member about what your company vision is, and what you expect from him regarding fostering the atmosphere you want at your company. For example, if your company projects a laid back image, explain that to the staff member, and let him know that while you expect a job well done, you also want him to get to know his coworkers and have fun. If your company fosters a more "buttoned down" image, explain to him what types of behavior you expect to project that image.

About the Author

Kristen Douglas has been writing since 1984 and editing since 1996. She has contributed to "Independent News," "Folio Weekly" and numerous private blogs, with experience covering topics such as home and garden, education, marketing, mental health and cooking/food. Douglas has certification in information processing from Metro Business College and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Columbia College.

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