New Employee Orientation
June 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm #103916
I’m looking for suggestions on delivery mechanisms for providing basic orientation for new employees. What their job involves, what their section does, who is responsible for what — the basics that a person needs to get started. What methods is your organization using to deliver this kind of information to new employees?
June 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm #103944
You might be able to glean some answers here, Christina:
June 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm #103942
I’ve seen a few things:
-General 1/2 day overview – usually not for a division but a whole department and most of it is focused on paperwork
-Divison Playbook – we created something at my old job called the Survival Guide that had all the basics who responsible for what, what each division does, contact info, local banks/restaurants, key documents, history, etc. It was a pain to keep up but really useful.
June 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm #103940
Thanks, Steve. Were the Playbooks paper-based or on-line?
June 24, 2010 at 1:26 pm #103938
Thanks, Andrew, lots of stuff there to dig through. Right now, we’re primarily interested in method of delivery, rather than content.
June 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm #103936
We have a virtual orientation center that works more or less like a video game. We developed it using an interagency agreement with OPM.
June 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm #103934
Both…people really liked the paper ones though. We first made it in binders…And then we made small pocket-size ones that people carried around. We made it really cool looking too which peole liked (Called it Survival Guide with camo theme)
June 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm #103932
That’s pretty cool…so you have to play and go past several scenarios for points?
June 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm #103930
Ellen McKenzie, PHRParticipant
I’m sure every organization has a plan that works best for them but I’m happy to share what works for us.
– We have a check list for managers (includes introductions, facility guidance (parking/speed limits/etc.), position description/job requirements, necessary system access forms, leave policies, time & attendance guidance, etc.).
– Day of arrival each new employee receives a notebook with organizational/useful information (org charts, functional statements, key bios, business plan, vision/mission, policies & procedures, map of our campus, list of information resources (websites, phone numbers, etc.), standards of conduct, CFC, emergency evacuation procedures and locations, ISO, labor agreement, pay schedule, etc.). Of course this document is only current as of the date of employement so it includes a “living document” statement in the table of contents.
I think this is the piece you were specifically asking about:
– Once a month all new employees are invited to our monthly Orientation Program. This is a full day of activities (9:00am-3:30pm). The morning consists of a welcome from the director, then a series of awareness briefings from POCs in various key areas (acquisition support–specifically personal services and unauthorized commitments, Quality Management, Environmental, Safety & Health Briefing, overview from each directorate, etc.). After lunch the employees are escorted to each directorate for orientation and tour of their area.
Hope this helps.
June 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm #103928
June 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm #103926
Thanks, Ellen. Wow, you do a monthly orientation? How big is your organization?
June 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm #103924
Now I’m envious! Wish we had a budget!
June 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm #103922
Ellen McKenzie, PHRParticipant
Some months there are only 3 or 4 attendees, and occasionally we have 15-18 attendees
June 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm #103920
June 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm #103918
Dianne Floyd SuttonParticipant
It usually helps if you get representatives from key offices to give an overview of the organization or the thier role, i.e. HR, EEO, etc.
I am not in the government any more but when I was, I found that the face-to-face audeince orientation worked better.
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