Orienting new employees for career success

Effective onboarding ensures smoother integration and faster productivity
By Anna Montesano
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/17/2007

During the first days and weeks on the job, new employees need a period of acclimation — that well-known corporate rite of passage called orientation.

While there’s no one-size-fits-all formula that will work for every employer, an effective orientation program can help new employees become productive more quickly and give them a solid foundation for future success at the company.

But, according to a survey of 492 office workers released by Robert Half International in May 2007, one-third of employers are not providing formal orientation programs.