HR Orientations Actually Help New Hires
NEW YORK (MainStreet) — You may have thought the employee orientation you sat through when you started a new job was just about signing paperwork, and that subsequent training was little more than a formality, but a new study set to be published in the Journal of Managerial Psychology shows that these pre-work meetings are much more purposeful.
Researchers at University of Guelph in Ontario found that new employees adjust better to their workplaces when they have structured processes like orientation training and mentorship programs, and as such are more likely to stick around.
“Companies benefit from boosting their employees’ well-being,” Jamie Gruman, an organizational behaviour professor at the university said in a written statement. “Helping new hires adjust at the start empowers them to achieve their potential later on.”
Researchers reached this conclusion by interviewing 140 university students before and after their work term (essentially a semester dedicated to working off-campus in actual workplaces)…