When employees are new to an organization, it should be the organization’s goal to make the employee’s transition into their new home a smooth and easy one. There are many new things to learn, many people to get to know and lots of new information that needs to be absorbed in a very short period of time. For these reasons it’s important to have a new employee orientation checklist.
Investing a short amount of time with orientation when the employee is new typically means there will be fewer issues and questions later on. Obviously every organization is different, has different work environments and different ways of doing things.
This is a sample of some things I’ve shared on a new employee orientation checklist. Use this as a starting point to begin thinking of those things that are unique to your environment and adapt it accordingly. This is merely a list and can be created into a document (access word checklist template below) that is used as part of the employee record.
A goal for any organization should be to try to think of all the things a new employee needs to know and share that information with the employee within the first couple of days on the job. Some things that may seem insignificant to us can be very significant for someone who is new to the organization. Developing a new employee orientation checklist can be the first step toward providing a smooth transition for new employees.
Finally, a new employee orientation checklist is a work in progress. Start with the basics and add items as new employees are added and new information is identified that needs to be communicated. Remember this is a communication and training tool both for the employer as well as the employee. Upfront communication always reduces issues later.
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