Survey: Orientation Programs Effective but Not Offered by a Third of Employers



    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - Although businesses want new staff to "hit the
ground running," some firms may be hindering employees by not offering enough
resources during their first days on the job. According to a recent survey,
one-third of workers said their employers offered no formal orientation
program when they joined the company. This could be a missed opportunity - a
large majority of respondents (87 per cent) who received this type of training
said it helped prepare them for success with the organization.
    The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world's first
and largest staffing service specializing in accounting, finance and
information technology. It was conducted by an independent research firm and
includes responses from 492 full- or part-time workers 18 years of age or
older and employed in office environments.
    Workers were asked, "Did your current employer provide a formal
orientation program when you joined the organization?" Their responses:

    
    Yes................................  63%
    No.................................  33%
    Don't know/no answer...............   4%
                                        ----
                                        100%

    Respondents who answered "yes" were also asked, "How effective do you feel
your company's orientation program was in preparing you for success at your
firm?" Their responses:

    Very effective.....................  45%
    Somewhat effective.................  42%
    Not very effective.................   8%
    Not effective at all...............   4%
    Don't know.........................   1%
                                        ----
                                        100%
    

    "An employee's first days of work leave a lasting impression, and an
orientation program helps staff acclimate more quickly and comfortably," said
Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International and author of Human
Resources Kit For Dummies(R), 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "These
programs also provide employers an opportunity to reinforce the firm's values
and set expectations."

    
    Robert Half provided the following tips for an effective orientation
    program:
    -   Remember the basics. Supervisors should give new hires a tour of the
        office, introduce them to their colleagues and explain security
        procedures.
    -   Invite senior management. An appearance by an executive or other
        company leader adds credibility and weight to the session. If this is
        not possible, a high-quality video or virtual appearance may suffice.
    -   Keep messaging consistent. The ideas conveyed in the orientation
        should reflect those expressed during the recruitment process and how
        the company presents itself externally.
    -   Develop an agenda. Providing an overview of the discussion lets
        employees know what they can expect and signals the importance the
        organization places on the program.
    

    "To be effective, the orientation process must be an ongoing one," added
Messmer. "Managers should consider assigning new staff a mentor who can
provide guidance and answer questions."

    Robert Half International has more than 350 staffing locations in North
America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers online job search
services at www.rhi.com.





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