After having completed the recruitment process, the next important thing you can do is ensure that you take your new employee through a proper orientation process. At the Tower Group, we believe that is is a simple but vital thing to do that will offer short- and long-term benefits both for the company and your new employee.
Getting Off To A Sound Start
Orientation is a way of welcoming your new staff, laying the foundation for their time at your company. It gives you the opportunity to set the tone and lay the ground rules, while also establishing a rapport between yourself, your team and the new recruit.
From a purely practical perspective, orientation provides the employee with all the information they need to find their way around the office, know what is expected of them, how to carry out their job and ease into their position.
The real point of orientation is to foster engagement between the employee and the company. The sooner this engagement takes place, the sooner the new employee will be fully integrated into the team and working in line with the company’s objectives and culture. It gives you the chance to foster trust between yourself and the new recruit, and help them feel like a valued member of the team before they’ve even got started. This is one vital first step towards ensuring talent retention and making your new staff member an efficient, productive employee sooner rather than later.
A Solid Foundation is Vital
Effective orientation should start before the employee’s first day. When you invite them back for the second interview, you are probably already pretty sure that you have the person you want, so start showing them around the office then, and introducing them to other team members. That way, when the first day comes around, a good foundation will already have been laid.
Orientation should form part of a wider culture aimed at securing and retaining the best possible talent. Recruits who are met with good orientation efforts will be more likely to feel valued and integrate themselves into the company, and stay for longer.
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