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New Hire Orientation Toolkit: 8 Essential Resources

NEW HIRE ORIENTATION TOOLKIT

Having designed new employee onboarding and new hire orientation programs for clients across the country and industries, we set out to share our knowledge on various aspects of the onboarding process. From "what it is and why it's important" to "how to set up a training room for maximum engagement", you'll find a plethora of useful information in our toolkit.

Navigating the new hire orientation process can be a daunting task...and that's if you're the new employee!!  It is even bigger if you are the leader assigned the responsibility: human resources manager, hiring manager, operations leader, training manager, or department lead for example.   

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3 Tactics You (Likely) Aren't Using In Your New Employee Orientation

The goal of a new employee orientation program is to welcome your new-hires in a manner that makes them not only convinced that they chose the right organization, but also emotionally committed to your organization and its mission. 

An emotional connection and belief in the organization's purpose outlasts potential bumps in the road (such as a care-less supervisor, or an unanticipated pay freeze).  There is no single "magic bullet"that will achieve this goal, yet there are many thoughtfully designed "wow's" that when executed collectively will create the world-class result you are trying to achieve.

Here are 3 simple examples of what organization's aren't doing, and if they did would be on their way to world-class: 

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New Employee Orientation: A Key Element of Employee Onboarding

 

What is New Employee Orientation? 

5,148,000 people were hired across the US in December 2014.  What’s more important is that theoretically, 5,148,000 people were onboarded- or participated in their organization’s New Employee Orientation- in this, or any given month across the United States.  With such high potential opportunity for activity and impact, what exactly is New Employee Orientation, or (NEO)?

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New Employee Orientation: Are You Too Square?

Seating arrangements matter- at social events, staff meetings and yes, new employee orientation.

The next time you are dining at a sit-down restaurant, take a moment to notice the difference in conversation and engagement levels between parties seated at a rectangular table, in a straight line, shoulder to shoulder- and those seated at a round table.  I would bet your dinner bill that the vibe at the round table is more engaging and energetic than the vibe at the long table.

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Who is Facilitating Your New Employee Orientation, and Why?

Yes, please shoot the messenger...or, just replace him with someone better qualified!

Who have you chosen to welcome new hires

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“Molding” Your New Hires With Effective New Employee Orientation

EFFECTIVE NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION

To make candles, hot wax is poured into molds and left to dry and set into desired shapes. Hot wax is malleable and used by manufacturers to create items such as crayons, jewelry and medical supplies. Surely you were already aware of this wonder of science and are likely wondering “what does this have to do with new employee orientation”? Well, the parallel is quite remarkable.

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