The job hire orientation of an organization will set the tone for the tenure of the new recruit in the company. When handled right it will create a strong foundation for loyal and engaged employees who are also in good understanding of the company mission and goals. If it is not done right it can cost your company a lot of money in the long run because that level of loyalty and engagement will not be present. Here are some of the mistakes that you need to avoid in order to make sure that your employees give you the very best that they can.
Pushing them under paperwork
No matter how diligent an employee could be, telling them all the paperwork that they can do on the first day and making them do it spending half their orientation is not the right way to go. However, many organizations utilize the very first day as a time to collect all the employee information, signatures and other human resource related information. This is one of the main mistakes that you could do. Therefore have the employees send in all that relevant information online the day before or so, so that you can have items like name tags made for the orientation and open files for each employee.
Not giving the employee enough focus
What can you expect at most job orientations? There will be a complete and lengthy introduction to the company, missions, goals and other similar areas along with introduction to procedure, company policies and the likes. But it is very rarely that there are organizations that will focus on the employee. Even the keepsake that most companies give away at the orientation are things that the employee might never even use. Personalize your keepsakes to the employee or just don’t give a keepsake but make your approach personalized. For example give them printed paper bags with their names on it so that they know that at least as an organization you took an effort to give them their identities.
Avoiding talking about work culture
“Our organization has a very open culture and you can just talk to anybody about any questions at any time” is the standard comment when it comes to discussing about working culture at job orientations. That is really as vague as it can get. Instead of focusing so much on official procedures and how and who you need to report to, talk about the culture in the office actively and personally so that employees feel that they can adapt well to the culture. Therefore always focus on the working culture more. Understand that in order for the employee to comply with processes willingly and be productive they have to be happy working for the company.