No one likes to be the new kid on the block, but you can make the transition easier for new employees with a proper orientation program, says Bernie Erven, ag economist and personnel management specialist at The Ohio State University.

Orientation is different from job training, stresses Erven. Orientation introduces the new employee to the industry, your operation, job requirements, the social situation in which he or she will be working, the farm’s culture or shared beliefs. It also would be a good time to address any community issues or concerns related to the pork industry or your operation that exist.

Orientation planning should begin after the person is hired, but before the first day of employment. To help plan your employees’ orientation, find the answers to these questions:

  • Who is in charge of orienting a new employee?
  • What will be covered during the orientation?
  • How will orientation mesh with job training?