Making Employee Orientation Count

By Mark Vickers

Face it. First impressions last a long time, yet employee orientations can be pretty dull stuff. The goal is usually to get new hires up to speed on work rules and environment. Most companies try to do this as quickly as possible while trying not to bore, discourage or overwhelm newcomers. But some experts think the goal should be more ambitious because the orientation period gives employers a unique opportunity to impress and engage.

A new i4cp survey, conducted in partnership with HR.com, shows that most organizations try to move swiftly through the new employee orientation (NEO) process. Of 597 respondents, fully 86% say their organizations have such orientations company-wide. Nearly half of them (46%) say the process lasts a day or less, and another 26% say it lasts two to three days.

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