So you have just landed a new job, now what? Many employees often require that new employees go through an orientation process to assimilate into the workplace and to familiarise themselves with the new surroundings.
Here is what you need to know about new job orientations, as well as how to prepare.
Table of Contents
- The Purpose Of Job Orientation
- What To Expect At A Job Orientation
- How To Prepare For A New Job Orientation
- Final Thoughts
The Purpose Of Job Orientation
Your job orientation is a sort of part introduction, part training session and part tour of the facility where you’ll be working. Your new supervisor will familiarize you with the workplace, the co-workers and the company culture.
The job orientation is also an opportunity for you to ask questions, and to learn as much as you can about what’s expected of you at your new job.
What To Expect At A Job Orientation
When you arrive at the orientation for a new job, expect to meet a lot of new people and be ready to absorb a lot of information.
It is likely that your employer will brief you on the day to day procedures such as clocking in and clocking out, where to leave your belongings, what to wear and they will explain your responsibilities and tasks.
You will also be informed about your salary, expected hours and any benefits that you will receive.
Individual VS Group Orientation Sessions
Depending on the size of the company and the number of new hires, you might be part of a group orientation or it might just be you.
The orientation can be formal with scheduled sessions held on one or over several days, or it could be a more casual event without a pre-set agenda.
Questions And Answers
As with any new job, there will be a lot of questions that come up as you are presented with so much new information.
Although it’s important to be an active listener, don’t be afraid to ask any questions or raise any concerns. However, do this tactfully so as to not interrupt the entire orientation process.
If you are working a remote or hybrid schedule, your orientation might be held online. However don’t panic, you will still be advised on how to log in and access the materials you’ll need to get oriented to your new job.
How To Prepare For A New Job Orientation
Whilst you shouldn’t stress too much over a new job orientation, there are key steps you can take to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Here are some important tips for attending a new job orientation.
Call Or Email To Confirm
Although it may feel like you’re being a burden, it doesn’t hurt to give your employer a ring or send an email a few days before the orientation to ask if there’s anything you need to know in advance.
For example, some companies may request that you review the employee handbook prior to your orientation. If you are given any materials in advance, it is very important to take them seriously.
What To Wear
Unless you were given detailed dressing instructions, you should aim to look professional and polished. Therefore, just dress similarly as you did in the interview.
As you may be on your feet for most of the day, make it a priority to wear comfortable shoes.
Remember that you need to account for time to find the location, park, and check in with your supervisor.
If the process is online, then take some time to make sure all your technology is working and log in early. Being late on your first day doesn’t create a good impression.
Bring A Pen And Notebook
Your orientation will be filled with lots of new information and you won’t be able to remember all of it. Therefore, having a notebook allows you to jot notes down and write down any questions that you can ask at the end of the orientation.
Make Sure You Have Personal Information With You
On your orientation, you may be required to fill out a W4 tax form. If this happens, you will need to know your social security number as well as relevant tax details.
If you don’t know this information off the top of your head, then you should bring a copy of this information.
It is also useful to bring banking information so that you can set up a direct deposit for your paycheck if you desire.
Bring Some Snacks
Orientations can often be long days and there is no guarantee that food and water will be provided.
To avoid feeling burnt out by mid-day, bring some snacks to keep your energy up and a drink to keep you hydrated. This way you will fly through your orientation without any hiccups and be primed and ready for your new job.
By having the information available in this article, you will be able to proceed with confidence as you settle into the workplace and become used to your new job.
Once you have got the scoop on the next steps, you can begin to prepare to fully start your new job and make the best possible impression on your new co-workers.