Successful New Employee Orientation: A Step-by-Step Guide for Designing, Facilitating, and Evaluating Your Program, Third Edition
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This third edition of the proven guide includes innovative ideas, program outlines, and interactive activities to engage, energize, and motivate your new employees and lay the foundation for their success in your organization. Flexible and fully customizable materials can be used in a variety of ways from designing a program from the ground up to adding zest to an existing program.


Jean Barbazette is president of The Training Clinic in Seal Beach, California. The Training Clinic is an international consulting firm specializing in training, team building, and orientation. Barbazette has conducted research in the area of new employee orientation since 1985. Her books include The Trainer's Support Handbook, Instant Case Studies: How to Design, Adapt, and Use Case Studies in Training, The Trainer's Journey to Competence: Tools, Assessments, and Models, Training Needs Assessment, and The Art of Great Training Delivery.


Contents of the CD-ROM.


Successful Orientation Practices Survey.

Section 1: Planning for Orientation.

Orientation Developer’s Master Checklist.

Orientation Advisory Board Checklist.

Orientation Benefits Checklist.

Target-Population Checklist.

Interview Questions for Experienced Employees.

Typical New Employee Questions.

Section 2: Orientation Content.

Orientation Objectives Checklist.

Orientation Content Checklist.

Section 3: Orientation Methods.

Sample Role Checklists.

Sample 1: Human Resource Department Checklist.

Sample 2: Supervisor Checklist.

Sample 3: Self-Directed Orientation Checklist.

Sample 4: “Buddy” Checklist.

Sample 5: Mentor Job Description.

Sample Mentor Checklist.

How to Design a Self-Directed Orientation.

Self-Directed New Employee Orientation Through the Intranet.

Online Orientation Checklist.

Written Materials for the New Employee.

Forms-Completion Checklist.

Employee-Benefits Checklist.

Personal Safety and Security Checklist.

Retention Checklists.

One-Month Retention Checklist.

Three-Month Retention Checklist.

Six-Month Retention Checklist.

Twelve-Month Retention Checklist.

Section 4: Orientation Activities and Events.

Sample Schedules for Orientation.

Sample 1: One-Day Orientation, One Person.

Sample 2: Half-Day Orientation, One Person.

Sample 3: One-Day Orientation, Large Group.

Sample 4: Two-Day Orientation, Large Group.

Preparation Checklist for a Specific Orientation Event.

Orientation Activities.

Activity 1: Session Starter Signatures.

Activity 2: Introductions in Groups of Four.

Activity 3: Elevator Speech Introductions.

Activity 4: Orientation Quiz.

Activity 5: Scavenger Hunt.

Activity 6: Values Card Sort.

Activity 7: Assembly Line.

Guest-Speaker Checklist.

Organizational Tour.

What to Do for Families of New Employees.

Section 5: The First Day.

Preparation for the New Employee’s First Day.

Materials to Send the New Employee Before the First Day.

First-Day Activities for New Employees.

Examples of Meaningful First-Day Work Assignments.

Section 6: Orientation Evaluation.

Orientation Reaction Form for New Employee.

Evaluation of Orientation Objectives by New Employee.

Evaluation of Orientation Objectives by Supervisor or Human Resource Representative.

Post-Orientation Evaluations.

Post-Orientation Evaluation by New Employee.

Post-Orientation Evaluation by Supervisor.

Evaluation of Orientation Benefits for the Organization.

Section 7: Sample Letters.

Welcome Letter from the President or Chief Executive Officer.

Welcome Letter from the Human Resource Department/Function.

Welcome Letter from the Supervisor.

Notice of Orientation Meeting.

Pre-Employment Materials.

Request for Follow-Up Evaluation.

“Buddy” Announcement.

New Employee Announcement to Co-Workers.

Mentor Invitation Letter.

Section 8: Temporary-Employee Orientation.

Preparation for the Temporary Employee.

“Fast-Track” Welcome to the Organization.

Survival Checklist for Temporary Employees.

Safety Considerations for Temporary Employees.

Job-Task Assignments for Temporary Employees.

Section 9: Survival Guide for the New Employee.

Normal Concerns.

Commonly Asked Questions.

How to Handle Being the “New Employee”.

Stages of New Employee Development.

Surprises at Work.

How to Be Successful.

Safety Information.

Important Information.

Other Information.

Take a Tour.

Appendix: Orientation Research Summary and Participating Organizations.



About the Author.

How to Use the CD-ROM.

Pfeiffer Publications Guide.


"We used Jean Barbazette's Successful New Employee Orientation to completely redo our New Employee Orientation program, with great results. The book is user-friendly and packed with helpful and practical ideas, checklists, and samples. New employees tell me our orientation is one of the best they've ever experienced. If you want to rev up your orientation, this book is invaluable—the only book that can move you from 'we can't do that here' to 'we're actually doing it!' "
—Julie Espy, manager, training and development, Orange County Transportation Authority.

"This book is tightly focused, comprehensive in its coverage, well organized and systematic, appropriately detailed, extremely user-friendly, and filled to the brim with a rich array of practical tools for the practitioner."
—John W. Newstrom, author, Transfer to Training and Games Trainers Play series

"The book's lists, designs, exercises, and voluminous helpful hints will be of assistance to even the most skilled professional who has this HR activity on his or her 'to do' list."
—Beverly Kaye, consultant; author, Love 'Em Or Lose 'Em, and Up Is Not the Only Way

"This book is a masterful, step-by-step guide that offers everything from sample letters to detailed timelines and checklists."
—Eileen McDargh, president, McDargh Communications; author, How to Work for a Living and Still Be Free to Live

"Outstanding! A great time saver for anyone in the public or private sector planning to start or revitalize an organization's orientation program."
—Joan Strohauer, formerly with the United States Government's Office of Personnel Management