Is It Good for Jobs to Skip the Employee Orientation?

Employee orientation is vital for new staff and business establishments. Employers can skip it if they choose to, but they could quickly lose new workers. Here’s why:

It Makes New Workers Feel Rushed

Employee orientation is the brief period when workers become more familiar with the company itself, the staff, and various procedures, guidelines, benefits, etc. It’s like a first date in a new relationship. Most people want to be eased into a new relationship and learn more about the other person before getting further involved. Workers feel the same way about their employers. They want to know who they’re dealing with, how everything works, and what they need to do to succeed in their positions.

It Makes New Employees Feel Clueless

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Some orientations include quite a bit of procedural information. Without that, new workers might feel lost. An assigned trainer may or may not convey those procedures effectively. Thus, those few hours of watching videos in the beginning may be helpful.

Skipping Employee Orientation Is Discourteous

Skipping orientation is discourteous to new employees. First, it gives the impression that employers don’t want to invest in their workers. Secondly, it makes the new-hires feel unwelcome and sends the message, “Figure it out yourself. We can’t be bothered.” How long will those people stay with over 11 million jobs currently available in the US?

It doesn’t matter how much experience new employees have in a particular field or how minimal the job seems. They still appreciate a courteous welcome from a new employer. Aside from that, all businesses operate differently. So new hires don’t know anything about a new business when they first start.

Employee orientation ensures that new workers transition into the workplace comfortably. It’s not required, but it’s a professional standard that has worked well for decades.

What do you think about new-hire orientations? Are they necessary? Has your new employer ever skipped one? If you’re an employer, is skipping it part of your new employee orientation best practices? Leave a comment to start a discussion.

7 thoughts on “Is It Good for Jobs to Skip the Employee Orientation?

  1. This is so true! I once worked for a company that didn’t provide an orientation, and honestly, it felt like they were withholding information from me. As if they didn’t want me to utilize my benefits, and therefore, didn’t thoroughly explain them to me. Companies need to be more transparent about the benefits that are available to their employees, and if orientations are skipped, a lot of that information falls through the crack. This ultimately hurts the employee, and in my case, led to a dissatisfying workplace experience.

      1. I think (hope) employers are becoming more diligent about employee orientations. Especially today when there are so many important topics that need to be address to avoid any sort of trouble. Hopefully this trend of employer transparency continues.

      2. Most of them do hold orientations (and long ones at that), but I was starting to think the opposite trend of skipping them was becoming popular. I guess it all depends on who you are and whether they think you deserve one.

  2. Thank you for this post. YES, we need to know how everything works and what we need to do to succeed in our positions. Likewise, employers need to know they might lose their new workers.

  3. orienting employees is a management best practice that i feel each organization should incorporate.At least as a new employee you feel integrated into the organization and also get to understand the vision,mission and values of the business.It happened to me only once.Most companies i have worked with have an boarding program for new employees joining.

    1. A lot of the onboarding processes are online now, which is fine for me. But orientation is like the tail end of onboarding and the beginning of a new business relationship between employer and employee. It sets the tone for the rest of worker’s time there. So, a cold and incomplete welcome means the time there will be very short.

      I agree that most organizations don’t skip it because they look at the long-term big picture. An employer will only skip it if they don’t want to invest in the worker, or they’re bringing her in only to meet a short-term goal (placeholder until they find someone else, target practice, mind games, studying, etc.)

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