October 1960: New Employee Orientation #ThrowbackThursday

New employee orientation in 1960.
New employee orientation in 1960.

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:

  1. Feels more “at home” and welcome and part of the institution.
  2. Knows generally the history, organization, and objectives of Mayo Clinic.
  3. Has good insight into professional ethics.
  4. Knows in fair detail about personnel policies and personal security program.

The photos below are from the new employee program in 1960.

Mrs. Leola Burnham of the Health Service had good advice on diet, rest, exercise, grooming. At right, above, Luther Boie of the Business Office tells how Clinic charges are determined and what collection policies are.
Mrs. Leola Burnham of the Health Service had good advice on diet, rest, exercise, grooming. At right, above, Luther Boie of the Business Office tells how Clinic charges are determined and what collection policies are.
1960Orientation3
Vincent D. Folkert (left), Accounting, explains hospital insurance, life insurance, retirement benefits and other aspects of the Clinic’s personal security program. In the center, R. C. Schroeder, Security, discusses safety measures and how to handle emergency situations. At right, Dr. John Thompson, representing the Clinic’s Co-ordinating Committee, talks on the important subject of medical ethics and professional conduct. Emphasized here is the very serious obligation of every Clinic employee never to reveal medical information in regard to the Clinic’s patients.
1960Orientation4
[Top left photograph] Carl Jahn, of Payroll, speaks on a popular subject, the monthly salary deposit notice. [Bottom left and right photographs] Hilton Vilen used a model switchboard and telephones to demonstrate the intricacy of Clinic telephone systems. At right: supervisors have a key role in the continued orientation and training of the new employee. Here Donald Ostrom greets new General Service employee Barbara Swanson.
alyssafrank

Alyssa Frank

Alyssa Frank is a Marketing Associate at Mayo Medical Laboratories. She supports marketing strategies for product management and specialty testing. Alyssa has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2015.