One of the most significant advantages of hiring interns is the opportunity to select and develop your future talent. A survey from Bridge states, employers have reported converting more than half of qualified interns into full time hires.
However, interns must learn about the company, position and interact with staff members to make this happen. This can be accomplished through an Intern Orientation.
Intern orientations are a great way to introduce your new interns to the primary activities of your business or organization. It is very important for interns to be warmly welcomed into your organization. The sooner your intern understands your business, the sooner they can assume assigned responsibilities. Expectations vary based on the size of your organization or internship program, but here are a few things to review with your new interns:
- Dress code
- Overall responsibilities
- Safety regulations and requirements
Designing a thorough intern orientation and training plan will help interns learn quickly and become a productive member of your team. Investing supervisory time with your interns can set the tone for the program and the internship experience.
Intern Orientation Checklist
- Explain the mission of your organization.
- Explain the organization’s structure and what each department is responsible for.
- Define the interns responsibilities and teach them any jargon that will be helpful to their new position.
Goals Of The Intern Orientation
- Introduce interns to staff members and an intern mentor.
- Give the intern pertinent information about your business or organization’s operations, policies, and procedures.
- Meet members of various departments to equate themselves and individually interact with each staff member.
- Provide an opportunity for interns to meet each other.
- Allow time for interns to determine their professional growth needs and learning goals they wish to achieve.
Make Your Intern Orientation FUN
What better way to orientate potential employees than a team building activity? Show how fun your organization is by planning an activity. Salsa Showdown or In It To Win It are always great hits. Having a team building activity at your intern orientation can help form close relationships between the interns and staff members of your organization.
Remember your interns may have little to no experience with your organization’s objective or environment. A successful intern orientation can help them acclimate more quickly and be more productive!
Recognize, motivate and make your employees HAPPY! Happy employees are the most productive. We’ve heard them say this a thousand times already. In any business structure, happiness is fundamental in maintaining a smooth flowing operation. Happiness should be the core of your company culture. Put your employees’ interest first, and you’ll be surprised how they will take care of you and the business.
Consider the experience of starting a job from the perspective of your newly hired employees.
How to embrace team collaboration? For an organization to run smoothly and meet its goals, it is important to foster a work environment that supports collaboration amongst colleagues. Unfortunately for most organizations, this does not occur naturally, and thus you must make an effort and take steps to help build and sustain a cooperative work environment.
It’s simple, having fun at work through group activities and team-building games leads to a great company culture.
Team building: It is a very common term that is often discussed in many organizations today as a means of trying to get employees to accomplish common goals. Although the term itself may have developed a more negative meaning over recent years, Forbes Magazine says, “Team building is the most important investment you can make for your people. It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration.” In order for this to happen, you have to be innovative when coming up with team building activities. Try to think past the often used group picnic idea, and implement team building practices that will allow employees and coworkers to use their strengths to bring better, long-term value to your business as a whole.
Giving back to our communities makes you feel good, assists in making you more socially aware and helps you bond with your colleagues as you team up to help those in need. Charity is beneficial for both humanity and business for many reasons. When you participate in Corporate Social Responsibility team building activities, you get the best of both worlds.
Imagine if you will, that it’s 2006 again. The housing bubble has just burst, and the US economy is teetering on the brink of what will end up being the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. People are scared about the future of their company and are cutting corners where they can. Not everyone is eager to spend money on team building.
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