Survey: Workers Consider Job Orientation Valuable

May 11, 2007 ( - Nearly 90% of workers say a formal orientation process helped them prepare for success at the company when they started work, but one-third say they never got the training, a recent survey suggests.

According to the survey of about 490 respondents by staffing firm Robert Half International, 63% of respondents said they were provided a formal orientation program when they joined their companies, compared to 33% who did not.

Of those who received training, 45% said it was very effective, 42% said it was somewhat effective, 12% said it wasn’t effective.

“An employee’s first days of work leave a lasting impression and an orientation program helps staff acclimate more quickly and comfortably,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, in the news release. “These programs also provide employers an opportunity to reinforce the firm’s values and set expectations.”

The survey was was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 492 full- or part-time workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.