Employee Orientation is an attempt to welcome just employed or appointed workers and introduce them to their colleagues in order to ensure new employee assimilation and maintain continuous socialization in the organization. It is a stage of the human resource management process to familiarize newcomers with their new job places and explain behavior patterns, attitudes and norms that are valid and appropriate to this particular organization.
When an employer welcomes and introduces newcomers, the following major goals are supposed to be addressed:
- Gain new employee commitment
- Reduce anxiety
- Help new employees to understand the organization's expectations
- Convey what new employees can expect from their new job and the organization
Training is a necessary part of employee orientation as it provides new workers with specific information about their new job duties and work requirements. Through employee training and orientation it is easy for an employer to familiarize new employees with corporate policies and guidelines regarding labor discipline, information access, advancement, vacations, health & safety procedures, security rules and other helpful information that is required for newcomers to know and understand.