Saturday, February 27, 2010
Orientation may be done by the supervisor, the HRM staff or some combination.
Formal or informal, depending on the size of the organization.
Covers such things as:
The organization’s objectives
HRM policies and benefits
The purpose of new employee orientation:
Learning the Organization’s Culture
Culture includes long-standing, often unwritten rules about what is appropriate behavior.
Examples: open or closed culture, absenteeism
Socialized employees know how things are done, what matters, and which behaviors and perspectives are acceptable.
The CEO’s Role in Orientation:
Senior management is often visible during the new employee orientation process.
Provide a vision for the company.
Introduce company culture -- what matters.
Convey that the company cares about employees.
Reduce some new employee anxieties and help them to feel good about their job choice.
HRM’s Role in Orientation:
Coordinating Role: HRM instructs new employees when and where to report; provides information about benefits choices.
Participant Role: HRM offers its assistance for future employee needs (career guidance, training, etc.).