Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Welcoming New Employees - Orientation Tips

There is a Chinese saying: When you start well, you are 50% successful.
The same goes to the receiving of your new staff on the first day.
Building a good relationship from the very beginning with new staff will ensure that they stay with the company for a long time.

Before their arrival:

Make sure that their workplaces are organized, comfortable, secure and ready for their arrival.

Upon their arrival:

These are the things to do by the human resources staff (general) and head of department (departmental) for the new staff on their first day of arrival:


· Introduce the new staff to the company: Talk about its history, where it is now and where it is going and its mission and goals.

· Company polices and procedures: Inform them about the rules and regulations that they must follow.

· A review of benefits: Brief them about their pay package, and other fringe benefits. Inform them about their working hours, lunch hours and safety considerations


· Introduction to departmental staff: Introduce to the co-workers of their department and other staff that they have on-the-job contact frequently.

· Tour of the department: Show them around the workplace and the facilities.

· Their Job: Talk to them about their duties and responsibilities and their day- to-day tasks and highlight the important aspect of their jobs.

Key issues

The most important thing is that you must be available on the first day. Your personal attention shows that you care about them. The other thing is to make sure that they are given enough work to do as they are full of energy and enthusiasm for their new job. Pay close attention to them for the first few days and congratulate the new employees when they have successfully completed a piece of work.

First impressions are important. You are evaluating the new employees and the new employees are also evaluating the company.

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