Get Your Staff On-Board
    Every business, regardless of size, should be concerned with the process of
    new employee orientation. The importance of effective On-Boarding and
    Orientation processes cannot be understated (in my humble opinion.) It will
    determine how successful and engaged your employees will be.
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By Kellie Auld
Employment & Relationship Specialist/
Simply Communicating
Email
kauld@automotivedealersnetwork.com
Kellie is a Certified Human Resources Professional; has
Certification in Human Resources Management through
the University of Calgary; a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma;
as well as having a Certificate in Adult Continuing
Education through the University of Victoria.
At the very least, put some energy into planning the way you intend to introduce
your new hires to the organization. Be sure that other people who will work with
this employee are aware of the fact that he/she is coming and on what date.
Even before they actually start, you should take the time to consider how you will
make them feel welcome and that they are part of the company right from the
"get go".
For example:

Provide them with an introductory letter that speaks not only about
the position and salary; but also tells them where to report on their first
day, at what time, and provides any special information (such as where to
park) that may be confusing

Have someone meet and greet them at the appointed time (leaving
them sitting in a lobby alone is not very welcoming)

Make sure they have an assigned work area and that it¡¯s ready for
them when they arrive and again; make sure the co-workers are aware of
their arrival

Introduce them to other employees and in particular, the person they
will be reporting to (if that didn't already happen at the interview itself)

Give them an indication of your company's vision and values and
how their role fits into that

Be sure that the person is included in the first day's lunch (I've seen
new people actually being left at their work stations while co-workers get
together and head out for lunch together)

Review the employee handbook. Talk about the policies and
procedures they are being given.  Certainly there are some that can be
skimmed over and the new employee can read them at his/her leisure; but
those that contribute to the mission, vision and values should be
discussed right away
On-boarding and Orientation is such a huge topic that I can't possibly cover everything in this short blog; but I really
wanted to get this out there since it's truly a passion of mine. There are so many wonderful software packages out there
that allow us to On-board our new people but the 'human touch' is so often missing.

From a business persepective, this process also helps you to separate the wheat from the chaff. If your employee is not
a fit, you are able to realize it early in the game.  
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