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2 reasons why employers need to provide orientation to new staff

On Behalf of | Jul 18, 2022 | Employment Law |

Taking up a new job is a major milestone for most people, especially because of what it means in the grand scheme of things. 

But every employee has to start somewhere, and that requires some adjustment. As an employer, you cannot expect a new employee to dive into the job right away. This is where employee orientation comes in. Employee orientation acquaints the new recruit with the information they need to successfully understand their role and integrate into the organization. 

Here are two reasons why employers need to provide orientation to new recruits:

To help the new recruit understand their duties and rights

It almost goes without saying that an employee who understands their role and rights is likely to be more productive. A sound orientation program should include the following:

  • Information regarding the metrics required to perform the job successfully
  • Information on performance measurement
  • The resources available to help the employee succeed on the jo
  • The employee’s role in the organization.

To explain important policies and expectations

Every workplace is governed by certain rules and regulations. Some of these are internal organizational policies while others are based on state and federal laws. 

An orientation program offers a perfect opportunity for the employee to learn important policies that are crucial for their success at the organization. Some of the policies you should discuss during the orientation exercise include:

  • Equal opportunity policy
  • Leave policy
  • Workplace safety
  • Proper handling of the organization’s assets

Employee orientation gets both the employer and the employee on the same page at the beginning of the employment contract. Find out how you can create and maintain a harmonious workplace that safeguards your interests and that of your employees.