Orientation Training Topics for a Human Resources Manager

By James Ballou

  • Overview

    Orientation Training Topics for a Human Resources Manager
    Orientation Training Topics for a Human Resources Manager
    Orientation training works best when the time invested is spent covering the most useful and practical information. Some topics are significantly more important than others so a human resources manager must choose carefully. The choice of topics should include items that will not only facilitate the transition, but will help the employees perform at a peak level in the shortest amount of time.
  • Documentation

    Every company has paperwork for new employees to complete so it is one of the most important topics to cover during orientation training. Documents for employee benefits, policy acknowledgments, confidentiality agreements and other materials can be distributed, explained, signed and collected during the training. Covering these materials during orientation is practical and efficient. Companies that mail out documentation packets for new employees often have trouble collecting the materials so addressing this topic in orientation is efficient.
  • Policies and Procedures

    Explaining the policies and procedures in a professional and controlled setting is important for helping to assure that the information is understood. It provides new employees with the opportunity to ask questions and get clarification about policies that may be unique to the company. This is also a good opportunity for company representatives to address harassment issues. Some companies have an insurance policy that requires employee testing on harassment issues so this step can be incorporated as well.


  • Special Considerations

    Many companies have specialized initiatives that must be observed such as ISO 9000, Good Manufacturing Practices or other programs. These topics require specific instruction to assure employees can follow the guidelines and help them understand that additional training will be required to enable them to perform specialized procedures. Additional topics include governmental regulations that employees must observe, such as Federal Trade Commission and Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements. Assuring employees are aware of these considerations can prevent serious infractions that could lead to the loss of certifications, fines or governmental sanctions.
  • Company History

    Sharing the background and history of the company is usually a very good subject to include in orientation training. This should include not only when the company was founded but the steps that have been taken since its inception, product or service changes or other significant developments. Explaining these topics to new employees helps them feel connected to the company and can help them develop a sense of belonging.
  • Company Vision

    When employees are introduced to the company vision they can more effectively understand the way the company makes decisions. This understanding can help new hires align their own decision-making processes and work efforts with the company vision. Orientation training is often the best time to deliver this information and is often enhanced by having a senior manager deliver the information. A visit from a senior manager can help new employees feel important, welcomed and appreciated.
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