Recruiting, Interviewing, Selecting & Orienting New Employees

By Diane Arthur | Go to book overview
Save to active project

CHAPTER 18
Web-Based Orientation

“Orientation at my last company was online; it was cool. I learned at my own pace and no one made me participate in dumb, getting-to-know-you types of activities. Sorry, I guess that’s the techie in me talking. I just prefer learning on my own.”

Does that sound like something the majority of your employees would say? If so, then perhaps you’ll want to consider implementing a web-based organizational orientation program.


Overview

Web-based orientation programs are designed to allow new employees to experience many or all of the same components of conventional programs, either by joining others in virtual classrooms, webinar-style, or on their own time. This second method is commonly referred to as “self-directed.” In both instances, individuals generally receive e-mails with login instructions, a user name and password, and navigation tools and tips. A schedule is enclosed with dates and times for those opting to participate in the live chat, classroom format; self-directed participants are notified as to when recorded and archived live sessions will be available for viewing. Employees can then upload files of these sessions and undergo orientation later on at the time and location of their choosing.

Not unlike conventional organizational orientation programs, web-based programs can range anywhere from the equivalent of a few hours to several days or more, although they are generally shorter than conventional programs due to their overall format. Electronic versions also differ in that the information is imparted in a series of modularized presentations usually lasting about an hour to an hour and a half each. The length of time between virtual classroom sessions is generally three or four days.

Content is largely presented in the form of live lectures, streaming videos, and PowerPoint slides. Participants in virtual classrooms are able to ask questions of the orientation leader by typing them on their computer monitor, usually receiving an oral response before the session ends. Employees who view archived files must submit questions via e-mail to orientation presenters and wait for a reply.

Some web-based organizational orientation programs are greatly condensed,

-325-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Recruiting, Interviewing, Selecting & Orienting New Employees
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 370

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?