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Orientation: Employee Orientation

Orientation is the planned introduction of new employees to their jobs, co-workers, and the organization. However, It should not be a mechanical, one-way process. Because all employees are different, It must incorporate a sensitive awareness of the anxieties, uncertainties, and needs of the individual.

The orientation is meant to educate new employees about the goals and responsibilities of the position and company, as well as to answer any questions they may have about HR, benefits and payroll information.

Employee Orientation

Employee orientation is the process of introducing new hires to their jobs, co-workers, responsibilities, and workplace. It allows employees the chance to feel comfortable within their new teams, departments, and roles within the company. Effective employee orientation answers any questions or concerns a new colleague may have, makes them aware of company policies and expectations, and eases them comfortably into their new positions.


Orientation officially begins the relationship between employee and employer. A smooth transition into a new role benefits both new employees and their new managers and colleagues. By clearly communicating expectations and responsibilities to a new employee, they can start being productive quickly. This will also reduce new employee turnover due to misunderstood and unmet expectations. Additionally, a clear policy for employee orientation will ensure that all new team members receive the same training and information.

Purposes of Orientation 

  1. To Reduce Startup Costs Proper orientation can help the employee get “up to speed” much more quickly, thereby reducing the costs associated with learning the job.
  2. To Reduce Anxiety Any employee, when put into a new, strange situation, will experience anxiety that can impede his or her ability to learn to do the job. Proper orientation helps to reduce anxiety that results f rom entering into an unknown situation, and helps provide guidelines f or behavior and conduct, so the employee doesn’t have to experience the stress of guessing.
  3. To Reduce Employee Turnover Employee turnover increases as employees feel they are not valued, or are put in positions where they can’t possibly do their jobs. Orientation shows that the organization values the employee, and helps provide the tools necessary for succeeding in the job.
  4. To Save Time For Supervisor & Co-Workers Simply put, the better the initial orientation, the less likely supervisors and co‑workers will have to spend time teaching the employee.
  5. To Develop Realistic Job Expectations, Positive Attitudes and Job Satisfaction It is important that employees learn as soon as possible what is expected of them, and what to expect from others, in addition to learning about the values and attitudes of the organization. While people can learn from experience, they will make many mistakes that are unnecessary and potentially damaging.