Human resource management: An introductory stage in the process of new employee assimilation, and a part of his or her continuous socialization process in an organization. Major objectives of orientation are to (1) gain employee commitment, (2) reduce his or her anxiety, (3) help him or her understand organization's expectations, and (4) convey what he or she can expect from the job and the organization. It is commonly followed by training tailored to specific job positions. See also acculturation and company orientation.
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