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According to a survey conducted by The Wynhurst Group, 22% of staff turnover occurs in the first 45 days of employment. However, new employees who went through a structured on-boarding program were 58% more likely to be with the organization after three years.

Does the investment and effort put into a new employee orientation program outweigh the costs of losing new hires at your company? We think so! Recruiting itself takes a lot of time and money. Don’t drop the ball in the home stretch by losing your new employees.

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5 reasons why your new employee orientation will fail:

1. Your activities are boring! Trivia, Jeopardy, and “fun facts” about your employees…these games get old after a while. You need to spice them up! Besides, it’s much more satisfying (and productive) to see your new employees completely engaged in activities you’re providing.

2. There are no incentives for participating in activities or paying attention to the program. Who doesn’t like a free lunch? If you aren’t offering any snacks, lunches or prizes to reward your new hires, you’re not showing appreciation. Odds are they’ll be tuned out during your presentations.

3. Information overload! It’s important for your employees to understand everything there is to know about your company and get to know every department. But, how many PowerPoint presentations can you go through in one day before they start snoring?

4. There is no follow up down the road. You don’t want your orientation program to be instantly forgettable, do you? If you have no reunion with the new hires, it’s likely that most of the information you’ve provided to your employees during the program won’t be retained. Besides, you might learn something new, too.

5. The programs you choose are irrelevant to the foundations of the company. Of course, you’ll want your new employees to realize the importance of your company’s goals and mission. You can make these points more memorable by implementing them into activities for your orientation group…not just printing out the company’s mission statement on coffee mugs for everyone.

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5 ways to rock your new employee orientation:

1. Emphasize the company’s mission and goals. Your employees probably don’t care about a coffee mug mission statement. You can find creative and memorable ways for them to learn the foundations of your company and actually retain the knowledge. Don’t just incorporate your values into your team building programs, make them part of your workplace culture every day.

2. Allow your employees to get to know each other on a personal level, not just as professional colleagues. Professionalism is important for a successful business…but it can be emotionally draining to act stiff all day long. Your employees will enjoy creating new bonds with each other on a personal level. Almost 1/5 of employees consider making friends at a new job a top concern.

3. Promote effective communication among new hires. Your employee orientation program should include activities that highlight the importance of effective communication. Team building activities requiring your hires to work together by problem solving as a team can highlight how vital it is in the workplace to be able to function as a unit.

4. Create a “buddy system” for new hires to set up mentorships with more seasoned employees. Provide activities or lunches for the buddy pairs to participate in together at orientation so they can get to know each other. The buddy system is an additional way to help your new employees feel welcomed and accepted, as well open up the floor to ask any questions they might have been uncomfortable discussing with their boss.

5. Find activities that are fun and related to the company culture. If your company prides itself on its unique culture, your new employee orientation program should reflect this. You’ll want your new hires to have an easy transition to the culture of your company. Show them what you’re all about through fun, interactive activities tailored to the uniqueness of your company. Most likely, your new employees have been through orientation programs at other companies. Make yours stand out!


Use team building to boost your new employee orientation:

Team building programs can be customized however you’d like in order to fit into your company’s new employee orientation program, and relate directly to the culture at your office. Depending on the nature of your company, different programs may work for you better than others. Does your company thrive on competition, or do you focus on collaboration? Do you put a strong emphasis on charity? Maybe your employees just REALLY love food…(who doesn’t?).

new employee orientation games

For the competitors: Outrageous Games!

Teams compete head-to-head in ten wacky, wild, non-athletic relay races. All of the games are designed to build team strength, facilitate communication and develop problem-solving skills using a challenge by choice model.


new employee orientation chain reaction

For the collaborators: Chain Reaction!

An energetic and strategic event, Chain Reaction is full of mind-bending challenges that will result in a strong feeling of success and accomplishment for your teams.


new employee orientation charity bike build

For the philanthropists: Charitable Team Building

Our charitable team building events are the perfect way to bring your company together for a great cause, and have a blast while doing it!


new employee orientation with food

For the foodies: Culinary Team Building

Bring your appetite and positive attitude to our variety of different culinary team building events. Our programs provide fun and effective ways to bring your team closer through meal preparation, cooking and dining together.


Don’t let your new employee orientation become an epic fail! What steps have you taken to ensure that you can turn new hires into winners?

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