New Employee Orientation and Personnel Policies: Ensuring Engagement and Success of New Employees and Sharing the Rules with the Whole Organization

This half day session will examine two critical processes in ensuring new employees start off on the right foot and that all employees understand the “rules” of the workplace. From the moment a new employee walks through the door of your organization there are key activities that must be completed to help ensure their engagement, success and even retention. Beyond even that there are legal requirements that must be carried out. As well, although part of the onboarding process, the role of your organization’s personnel policies and how they are written, shared and enforced is a critical HR piece for all of your employees. This session will examine:

  • What is orientation and how does it contribute to organizational effectiveness?
  • What other Human Resource Management functions are tied to the orientation process?
  • Why is orientation important to the socialization process?
  • What should an orientation process and program look like? What are the legal aspects you need to consider?
  • What does a well-written and legally defensible policy look like? What items must you ensure your personnel policies include?
  • What policies do you need for your organization that cover both overall effectiveness and legal requirements?
  • How can ensure that your organization’s policies do not cause a negative outcome or harm to your organization?

Learning Outcomes: Participants will leave this session able to:

  • Explain what orientation is and why it is an important first part of the new employee’s experience;
  • Identify the other HR Management functions that are related to the orientation process;
  • List some of the characteristics of an effective orientation program;
  • Describe the required steps that an orientation process should consist of;
  • Cite the areas that a well written policy should contain and be able to assess existing policies to this;
  • Identify what policies may currently be missing from their organization; and
  • Ensure that policies are properly and consistently written, communicated, trained on, understood and enforced across the organization.
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