Fried Training Talk- Is Orientation Training?

Published: Friday, October 16, 2020
Updated: Friday, October 16, 2020

Over the past few weeks much of my focus has been on revising the orientation of new employees at my company. Of course Covid-19 has had a great impact on what we can do safely.

In our old world there were many different voices that came in and spoke to trainees about elements like, Security, Benefits, Payroll, a tour of one of our properties, and a bus ride to a museum that showed some of our culture and history.

In the current design,  the trainer is pretty much the singular voice of an instructor led. We are doing everything we can to make it interactive, while distancing, wearing masks, and not making it an overwhelming information dump. This orientation is focused on the culture and vision of our organization. It utilizes video, music, games, and even (gasp) some dreaded PowerPoint slides.

What this corporate orientation doesn’t do is actually train people on how to do their jobs.


The goals are for the new hires to feel valued by their new company and to learn about what drives the company. It is intended to make them feel good on their first day (possibly increasing retention).

Do you think Orientation should fall under Training or does it belong somewhere else, and if somewhere else, where?

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