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HR Glossary

HR terms frequently used by HR professionals.

New employee orientation

What is new employee orientation?

New employee orientation typically involves completing new hire paperwork, enrolling new hires in benefit plans, and setting the new employee up on the company’s payroll.

What is the difference between new employee orientation and new employee onboarding?

For new hires, employee orientation is a one-time event that welcomes new employees to the organization. On the other hand, employee onboarding is a series of events and training that helps new hires progress. It’s more job-specific.

What are the topics covered in new employee orientation?

Topics covered in new employee orientation generally include:

  • Safety, health, and emergency policies.
  • Harassment and discrimination policies.
  • Dress codes.
  • Administrative policies.
  • Benefit reviews, e.g., paid leave, travel, vehicle use, and service discounts.

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