New Employees

It is important to support new employees to help them fit into and support your company’s culture.

New Employee Orientation

Employee orientation is part of a long-term investment in a new employee. It is an initial process that provides easy access to basic information, programs and services, gives clarification and allows new employees to take an active role in the organization. It is important that your new employee orientation program takes into consideration the culture and values of your company.

Click here to download a checklist for supporting new employees.

Consider Including the Following in Your New Employee Orientation Program:

Orientation to Business:

  • History
  • Mission and values statements
  • Goals and objectives
  • Organizational structure, e.g. own job description and relationship to other positions
  • Future plans

Company Policies and Procedures:

  • Dress code
  • Reporting procedures
  • Anti-bullying/harassment policy
  • Smoking restrictions
  • Expense claims


  • Safety procedures
  • Emergency procedures
  • Operating telephone system

Explanation of Benefit Package

  • Group insurance
  • Sick leave
  • Holidays
  • Vacations

Tour Facility and Work Areas:

  • Employee introductions
  • Identify amenities, e.g. washrooms, lunch room, copy room
  • Explain emergency procedures
  • Identify safety equipment

Describe Job Responsibilities and Performance Expectations

  • Job description
  • Product standards
  • Manuals for operating equipment

The following tips are offered to help you create a successful experience for new employees during their orientation:

  • Set Specific & Achievable Goals: Give the new employee structure and make your orientation more successful by setting goals for what you want your orientation to achieve.
  • Take Your Time: Use the orientation to give the new employee only the information they need most, so you don’t overwhelm them. Then you can provide them with additional information over time.
  • Make It Fun: Make your new employee’s first day a celebration. Let them know that you are happy to welcome them into the company.
  • Get the Employee Involved: Find ways to help new employees feel productive on their first day without overwhelming them.
  • Ask for Feedback: Follow up with new employees about how they experienced the orientation process. Ask for honest and frank feedback and put the suggestions into practice to make positive changes.

Schedule Regular Meetings to Follow Up the Orientation

Regular follow-up meetings over the first 6 months to a year let you check in and find out how a new employee is doing. You can deal with issues about the work environment, relationships with co-workers, address questions related to policies & procedures, and strengthen their knowledge of the company’s general operations, especially as many things tend not to come up right away. This also lets the new employee know that you committed to providing continued support.



Work Environment

New Employees

Engage Employees

Harassment and Bullying

Monitor Progress

Performance Management