On their first day at a new job, employees should expect to learn about the values, attitudes and goals that are important to the new employer. Employees typically receive practical information as well, such as how they will record their work hours, which day of the week they will be paid, and how to use the office telephone system.
At many workplaces, someone in the Human Resources Department handles the orientation process.
A typical new hire orientation checklist provides a guide for HR and the new employee and ensures that the orientation program addresses all areas of importance to the employer as well as the new worker. For Human Resources, this often includes informing the new hire of company policies on attendance, vacations and holidays, as well as sick time, insurance coverage, performance reviews, dress codes and disciplinary action.
Common questions for new employees are the location of break rooms, cafeteria, restrooms, the supply closet and their supervisors' offices, and answers to questions such as whether they are allowed to eat or drink at their desks.
The leader of the orientation should introduce the new hire to his or her colleagues, especially those in the same department and any direct reports. It is helpful for the new employee to receive a tour of the building that includes the location of any emergency exits.
It is important that the orientation leader provide the new employee with a written job description and a clear explanation of performance requirements and expectations.