It’s your first day, and you are thoroughly nervous. Your stomach may just be the place of origin for the Rhopalocera, or “butterfly.” With millions of them fluttering around in your gut, you walk in the shiny, glass doors of your new place of work. From what it seems like, this company has it all together, and you cannot wait to see what orientation will be like.
You are guided to your new chair at your new desk by the receptionist, and you notice something peculiar. There is a notebook, some company gear, and a note saying, “Read me before lunch.” You realize you are left alone to ingest the Employee Handbook, and no one is around to show you the ropes first hand. In fact, you don’t even know where the bathroom is. To your disappointment, you begin reading the handbook and hope to goodness your experience at your new job is not like this through and through.
The above scenario is unfortunately not that uncommon. Oftentimes, employees are left to defend themselves without proper training, or, they are left to be trained by someone who is too busy to properly and thoroughly train them. Because of situations like these, uninformed and unwelcomed employees are more likely to (1) cost companies more money, (2) increase employee turnover rates, (3) cause stress, and (4) decrease workplace morale. With all these negatives at play, things can get out of hand pretty quickly.
To keep these things from happening, a company absolutely must have an intentional, thought-through orientation for each employee, so as to reduce these negatives and increase the likelihood of success in each employee’s position. By having a proper orientation, you will do the following:
1. Cut Costs
Employees who know what they are doing earlier on in their position are more likely to incur less overtime and need less training from supervisors as time goes on.
2. Keep Employees Longer
Employees who feel thoroughly trained and ready to start their position before having to actuate their job descriptions feel safer in the job positions, which encourages them to stay at the company longer and feel happier that their company cares for them.
3. Ease Stress with Increased Productivity
People who are trained and have a deep understanding of their job positions feel less stressed and more productive, as they know what to do, how to do it, and who to incorporate in their daily workings.
4. Improve Workplace Morale
They say that first impressions are made within the first eleven seconds of meeting someone. This is no different for a company. If a company shows itself to be unorganized and non-educational from day one, employees will expect less and have more frustration as time goes on. Be on top of things from day one, and you are much more likely to gain their trust, cooperation, and respect.