It’s always exciting to hire promising new employees who seem poised to thrive at your company, but your work is far from done. Now that employment terms have been agreed upon and contracts have been signed, it’s time to start planning a thorough new hire orientation.

According to Equifax data from the second quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2015, more than 50 percent of employees who quit their job during this time period had only held the position for 12 months or less. Make your new hires feel welcome from their very first day at your company by presenting them with an informative orientation. Getting adjusted to a new job is a process that takes time — and skipping pertinent steps will only cause them to run the other way.

5 Areas to Cover:

  1. Essential Paperwork

Starting a new job always necessitates the completion of a mountain of paperwork. Instead of leaving new hires to figure out which forms to fill out and where to submit them, have everyone do this together in orientation. This makes the process much quicker, easier and less stressful for everyone, allowing all paperwork to be submitted immediately.

  1. Company Policies

Instead of thrusting a handbook at your new hires and instructing them to read your company rules and regulations on their own time, make this a part of orientation. Take the time to explain all key policies and have people sign a form indicating they understand and acknowledge everything covered in the discussion.

  1. Office Tour

Navigating a new office space can be a struggle — even a small one — so make people feel comfortable by showing them around. The magnitude of the tour will of course vary according to the size of the building, but be sure to include the kitchen, restrooms, conference rooms and any other places that might be helpful.

  1. Executive Meet and Greet

If possible, ask a company leader to stop by orientation to greet new hires and introduce themselves. Knowing that an important person with a busy schedule took time out of their day to drop in and say “hello” will make new employees feel welcome. This creates a connection with the C-suite from the first day, which is important to build a strong sense of morale.

  1. Q&A Period

New employees always have tons of questions, but many feel awkward peppering their manager or colleagues with a flood of inquiries. Ease this burden by opening the floor for questions at the end of orientation, making people feel comfortable asking you anything from how to get into the office gym to detailed questions regarding the company dress code.

Deciding to grow your team is exciting, but make sure you do it right. PrideStaff North Dallas is here to help you choose the right candidates the first time, in a quick and efficient manner. Contact us today to learn how we can make your hiring process a breeze!

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