New Employee Orientation Script
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New Employee Orientation Script Source (Human Resources: Berkeley, 2007) Summary Effectively orienting new employees to the campus and to their positions is critical to establishing successful, productive working relationships. The employee's first interactions with you should create a positive impression of your department and the campus. The time you spend planning for the new person's first days and weeks on the job will greatly increase the chance for a successful start. Guiding Principles An effective orientation will: Foster an understanding of the campus culture, its values, and its diversity Help the new employee make a successful adjustment to the new job Help the new employee understand her role and how she fits into the total organization Help the new employee achieve objectives and shorten the learning curve Help the new employee develop a positive working relationship by building a foundation of knowledge about campus mission, objectives, policies, organization structure, and functions Before the Employee Arrives The new employee orientation process begins before the employee comes to work. Planning ahead for your new employee's arrival will allow you to spend productive time on that first day. So, before the employee arrives you should: Notify everyone that a new person is starting and what the person's job will be. Ask the other staff members to welcome the new employee and encourage their support. Prepare interesting tasks for the employee's first day. Make a copy of the job description card, job vacancy listing (JVL), job performance standards, campus organization chart, and your department's organization chart. Enroll the employee in the New Employee Orientation class through the Employee Development & Training Unit in Human Resources. Make sure the employee's work location is available, clean, and organized. Make sure a copy of the appropriate personnel policy manual or contract is available for the employee. Have a benefits information package available. If possible, identify a staff member to act as a buddy for the first week. Put together a list of key people the employee should meet and interview to get a broader understanding of their roles Arrange for a building pass, parking pass, and IDs if necessary. Draft a training plan for the new employee's first few months. The First Day on the Job A new employee may be anxious about starting a new job. Try to create a comfortable environment and remember not to overwhelm the new employee with too much information on the first day. Orientation is a continuing process, so there will be plenty of time to give the employee all the necessary information. On the first day, you should: Give a warm welcome and try to reduce any nervousness the new employee may feel. Discuss your plan for first day. Introduce the employee to other staff members. Arrange to have lunch with the new employee. Show the new employee around the office. Review the job description card and organizational charts with the employee. Explain ridesharing and transportation services. Review telephone, fax, email, and Internet use Give the employee the New Employee Benefits Packet. Be sure to discuss any questions or refer the employee to your Department Benefits Counselor. Remind the employee to fill out and submit benefits forms on time. Explain that University policy and collective bargaining agreements call for most new employees to complete a probationary period before they become regular status employees. Discuss what the probationary period is all about and explain how and when the employee's performance will be appraised during the probationary period. Have the new employee complete all the necessary personnel forms. Followup Meetings Over the next few weeks, schedule meetings with the employee to discuss the following: Employee's overall impressions: Find out how the employee perceives your department so far. If there are any problems or concerns, address them. Organization: Spend time explaining the organization's structure. Talk about where your department fits in and how it relates to other departments. Mission statements: Discuss the mission statement of the organization and how the goals and objectives of your department help support that mission. Performance evaluation process: Explain that you and the new employee will be developing a performance plan, discussing her progress and evaluating her performance. Explain the timing of appraisals and the methods you will use to measure progress. Department work rules: Review your department's work rules with the new employee. Discuss attendance guidelines, callin procedures, and requests for time off. Controlled substances: Explain that the University does not tolerate the use of illegal substances or abuse of legal substances on the premises or reporting to work in an unsafe condition. You are required by law to give the new employee a copy of the Policy on Substance Abuse. Security: Discuss your department guidelines on security, such as keeping doors, cabinets, and file drawers locked. Safety: Review the University's policies and your department's policies on safety in the workplace with your new employee. Evacuation procedures, emergency preparedness guidelines, and the escort service should be included in this review. Sexual Harassment: This organization has a longstanding commitment to providing a work environment free from all forms of unlawful harassment. Harassment of another teammate, patient, or vendor because of that person’s gender, race, religion, age, mental or physical disability, national origin, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, or other status protected under the law, will not be tolerated Injuries on the job: Discuss procedures for handling injuries on the job. Tell the employee to report all jobrelated injuries to you, regardless of how minor. Training plan: Discuss your training plan with the employee. Consider incorporating any changes the employee suggests. Implement any changes that you both agree upon. Other resources: Tell the employee about any other resources that will help get the job done. Supervisor's Checklist for New Employee Orientation First Day on the Job: A new employee may be anxious about starting a new job. Try and create a comfortable environment and remember not to overwhelm the employee. On the first day you should: ___ Give a warm welcome and discuss the plan for the first day ___ Tour the employee's assigned work space ___ Explain where rest rooms, refreshments, and break areas are located ___ Provide required keys ___ Arrange to have lunch with the new employee ___ Tour the building and immediate area and introduce the new employee to other staff members ___ Introduce the new employee to the person you've identified as a buddy (if appropriate) ___ Review job description card ___ Review the department's (or office's) organizational chart and explain its relationship to campus ___ Review your office's policies and procedures including: Working hours Telephone, email, and internet use Office organization (files, supplies, etc.) Office resources (directories, dictionaries, style manuals, computer program manuals, staff listing, etc.) ___ Staff meetings ___ Accountability ___ Customer service philosophy ___ Confidentiality ___ Ethics During the First Week: ___ Review employee work area to ensure needed equipment is in place ___ Set up a brief meeting with the employee and the assigned buddy to review the first week's activities (if appropriate) ___ Schedule meeting with Department Personnel Manager to: Complete required paperwork Review personnel policies and procedures Learn about benefits (health & life insurance, select benefits, etc.) Schedule Campus New Employee Orientation (if it has not been scheduled) Explain time cards Review vacation/sick/personal leave policies Obtain UC ID Obtain Parking Permit (if appropriate) ___ Have appropriate office personnel review: Afterhours and weekend office access General review of accounting (if appropriate) Listing of account numbers (if appropriate) Journal vouchers (if appropriate) Travel and reimbursement Diners Club credit card Campus mail services Office supplies Copy machine and fax use Office safety issues ___ Review computer competency with CAL PACT selfassessment tools (if appropriate) ___ Overview of policies and procedures, including confidentiality and software piracy issues ___ Assess knowledge of department's hardware and software Within the First Month of Employment: ___ Meet with employee to review: Job description Performance standards Work rules ___ Send employee to New Employee Orientation to review: Campus culture Campus structure Health and safety Campus tour Benefits overview ___ Check to be sure employee has signed up for benefits prior to enrollment deadline Within Six Months of Starting: ___ Revisit performance standards and work rules ___ Schedule performance appraisal meeting
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