Many organizations are hiring a lot of new employees this year. Growth after a pandemic slump and increased demand for goods and services are contributing to this hiring frenzy. It’s important for organizations to keep new employees safe starting from day one. New employees are especially susceptible to injuries as they’re unfamiliar with work processes and procedures.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5,333 workers died on the job in 2019. A detailed new employee health and safety orientation can go a long way in protecting new employees from injury or death.
Why is new employee orientation important?
There are many reasons why safety orientation is important, including it:
- Improves the safety and well-being of staff members.
- Lowers costs.
- Ensures compliance with regulations.
- Raises employee awareness.
- Increases employee morale.
- Reduces accidents and injuries.
- Helps retain talented employees.
- Increases communication.
What should be included in new employee orientation?
Orientation should include training about the employee’s specific job and responsibilities as well as any additional safety considerations for the entire facility or jobsite. Training can be conducted through classroom instruction, videos, on-the-job training, or a combination of all three. Read through our Safety Summary for more detailed information about new employee orientation programs and tips for making your facility’s orientation as effective as possible. By ensuring new employees are as prepared as possible for their new positions, organizations can help prevent accidents and injuries.