Masters Thesis

A program proposal to develop an effective new employee orientation and onboarding program at the workplace

New employee orientation programs have shown to socialize newcomers to the company, in addition to increasing their knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is considered to be an essential part of an employee’s development (Acevedo & Yancey, 2011). According to Hacker (2004), new employee orientation is more than a simple introduction to the company and completing paperwork. Instead, employers should see it as an investment that provides new hires with a detailed roadmap- the big picture of the company’s culture. Moreover, according to Maurer (2015) “onboarding is defined as a systematic and comprehensive approach to integrate a new employee with a company and its culture, as well as getting the new employee the tools and information needed to become a productive member of the team. A well-designed, fun and engaging onboarding process has a significantly greater effect on employee engagement and retention when compared to the old-school mentality of one-day orientation.” However, although new hire orientation and onboarding programs seem relevant and easy to implement, currently not all companies have them in place; such is the case of Lakeview Farms. This company has a very traditional orientation program, but does not have an existing onboarding program. Therefore, as result of this, Lakeview Farms is being negatively affected with high turnover rates; and the new hires are not feeling welcomed and engaged during the current orientation program. Throughout this analysis, it is recommended to redesign Lakeview Farms’ current new hire orientation program and implement an on effective onboarding program utilizing its current resources with the support of its main stakeholders.

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