October 1960: New Employee Orientation #ThrowbackThursday
By Alyssa Frank • February 4, 2016
Helping a new employee to become a part of the Mayo Clinic family has been and will always be an important concern of members of the Personnel Section. Their concern is based on the belief that the more an employee knows about the sort of place the Mayo Clinic is the more effective and happier an employee he or she will be.
The new employee program has developed significantly into a gradually expanding program of orientation. Up until 1960, this program was compressed into a single, fact-filled day. In 1960, it was changed to spread over an entire week. The first meeting (including a tour) lasted a half day and the remaining four meetings were held from 3:15 to 5 p.m.
The program was designed so that the result should be a new employee who:
Feels more “at home” and welcome and part of the institution.
Knows generally the history, organization, and objectives of Mayo Clinic.
Has good insight into professional ethics.
Knows in fair detail about personnel policies and personal security program.
The photos below are from the new employee program in 1960.
Alyssa Frank is a Marketing Segment Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She leads marketing strategies for product management and specialty testing. Alyssa has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2015.