How Do I Orient My Nonprofit’s New Employees?

July 10, 2018

A shadow figure leaping from a cliff onto another cliff with Job written in black letteringIt is a good idea to have a formal orientation program so that all newly hired employees get the same treatment and information. This orientation period will probably last several weeks. You will want to be both welcoming to your new employee, and attentive to legal requirements.

Elements of an employee orientation include:

  • Personalize the workspace
  • Orient the employee to the office: how equipment works, description of procedures, etc.
  • Introduce the new employee to all the staff, volunteers, relevant community members, etc.
  • Schedule lunch with the supervisor and relevant staff the first week
  • Explain benefits; fill out relevant forms
  • Fill out other forms required by the government: Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9), Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate (Form W-4), New Hire Reporting Form, and Consents for Release of Information (if doing a background check)
  • Introduce the employee handbook; review policies; give a copy to the employee and obtain signed acknowledgment that employee received the employee handbook, as well as any other acknowledgments that need to be signed
  • Explain the performance evaluation process
  • Highlight required employment posters

The Standards for Excellence® Institute’s Model Employee Handbook is designed to be used as a resource to provide you with ideas, suggestions, and guidelines which may be valuable to your organization as a starting point or useful comparison for your own employee handbook. For access to our resources on budgeting, financial policies, personnel policies, and risk management and other resources, join Maryland Nonprofits today! 

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