Keys to Successful New Employee Orientation and Assimilation
- Once the offer has been accepted, maintain contact regularly with the future new employee before the first day of employment.
- Ensure the new employee receives all orientation paperwork well in advance of the first day of work.
- Provide details regarding the schedule of activities for the first day, the time and place to report.
- Provide a friendly, welcoming environment for the orientation and be well prepared.
- In addition to completing paperwork, explain the vision, mission, values, and culture of the organization.
- Introduce the new employee to other employees and provide a tour of the facility.
- Arrange for lunch on the first day with the new employee’s manager or co-workers.
- Follow up regarding unfinished paperwork and to ensure the transition is going smoothly.
- REMEMBER — New hire processing may occur on the first day, but true assimilation is a long-term process.
Identify the components and responsible parties for each part of your assimilation process.
- Follow the established timetable for all actions such as coach/mentor meetings, goal setting, and performance feedback.
- Be proactive and keep in close contact with your new employees.
- Establish and execute retention programs and provide employee recognitions.