Orientation Development Info

Human resources Orientation programs are designed to reduce the stress that employees feel when beginning a new job. However, many orientation programs compress huge amounts of information about managerial philosophies, company history, policies and procedures into a very brief period, and the employee is overwhelmed.

Orientation goals

  • Information about job-related issues such as company standards, management expectations of employees, policies and procedures
  • Information about cultural issues such as acceptable norms of conduct, definitions of deviate behavior, management philosophies, traditions and strategic beliefs
  • Information about specific job responsibilities and technical aspects of the job, such as what is contained in the job description, what kinds of equipment operation are required to perform the job, and how performance is evaluated.

Planning orientation programs

Some properties divide orientation into two programs, they are

General property orientation

One of the first steps a property takes to orient a new employee is to acquaint that employee with the organization and with the property as a whole, this stage of orientation covers such as topics as the organization’s mission statement and management philosophy, general policies and procedures, insurance and benefits, personnel forms, gust and employee relations, and the role of employees in meeting organizational goals.

Specific job orientation

During specific job orientation, the focus shifts from organizational and departmental topics to those directly related to job performance. Employees are introduced to the responsibilities outlined in their job description, the portion of the handbook relating to their job, the work environment and location of equipment and their department’s relationship to other departments.

Orientation kits

There are five orientation kits they are listed

  • Copies of EEOC notice and company policies regarding compliance
  • Recent company newsletters
  • Names and telephone numbers of other employees in the department
  • Schedule for the remaining portions orientation and training
  • Information regarding social activities of the department and company

Approaches to avoid

There are five approaches to orientation that managers should avoid, they are

  • Emphasis on paperwork
  • Mickey mouse approach
  • Sketchy overviews
  • Suffocation
  • Unrealistic job previews