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Rise Glossary

What is an Employee Orientation?

Employee orientation, also known as new employee orientation or onboarding, is the process of introducing new employees to the company, its culture, and its policies and procedures. The goal of employee orientation is to help new employees feel welcomed and comfortable in their new roles, and to provide them with the information and resources they need to be successful in their jobs.

An employee orientation program typically includes a variety of activities, such as:

  • A welcome and introduction to the company and its mission, values, and culture.
  • A tour of the facility and an introduction to key personnel.
  • A review of company policies and procedures, including benefits, safety procedures, and code of conduct.
  • A review of the employee's job responsibilities, expectations, and performance metrics.
  • Training on specific skills or systems required to perform the job.

Orientation may be done in a group setting, or one-on-one, it also can be done in-person or virtually depending on the company's preference and current situation. The length of the orientation program can vary depending on the size of the company and the complexity of the job. Some programs may last only a few hours, while others may take several days or even weeks.