Positive Relationship

New Hire Orientation is essential to provide a positive relationship between the company and employee.
CBT/WBT orientation (reorientation) training can provide coverage as needed. It guarantees consistency and can be easily updated to keep up with changes in the law, products/services and the latest organizational policies. Good New Hire Orientation Training can help build employee enthusiasm for a company, its' management and its products.


New hires receive one day of company orientation and one day of departmental training. The first day is conducted in a classroom and covers the basic philosophy of the company, a brief overview of the organization, major employment policies and safety regulations. The second day is completed within the employee's department and includes such functions as time reporting, introduction to computer systems, department policies and practices.

Cost / Benefit Analysis:

Key Assumptions

  • Assumes an orientation of 100 new employees oriented in groups of 10 over one-year period. Classes arranged in 10 sessions to total 200 employee days, 20 instructor days.
  • Web or computer based training takes up to 50% less time than traditional classroom training. Orientation programs can effect significant cost savings from blending both types of training as exemplified below.
  • Assumes instructor salary of $65K, average employee salary of $30K.
  • Assumes CBT/WBT development at 40 hours per hour of instruction @ $150/hr.

    Financial Summary

    Alternative A - Classroom/Supervisor Training

    Employee Wages, 200 days $ 16,700
    Instructor/Department Manager Costs, 20 days $ 3,600
    Two Day Orientation Materials (ILT) $ 16,000
    Total Cost $36,300

    Annualized cost (after development): $20,200

    Alternative B - Blended ILT and CBT/WBT Training

    On line training is estimated to take approximately 50% of classroom instruction time.
    This reduces actual total training from 2 days to 1.5 days as follows: 1.0 days company/department, 0.5 days ILT/WBT.

    Assumes instruction will be completed by employee on line. On line training is estimated to take approximately 50% of classroom instruction time. This reduces actual total training from 2 hours to 1 hour. Readily available process documentation and training expected to reduce monthly reporting errors from 2% to 1%.

    Employee Wages, 150 days $ 12,500
    Instructor/Department Manager Costs, 10 days $ 1,800
    1.0 day Orientation Materials (ILT) $ 8,000
    0.5 day Orientation Materials (WBT/CBT) $ 24,000
    Total Cost $46,300

    Annualized cost (after development): $14,300

    Summary of savings of WBT/CBT in comparison with traditional training:
    Alternative B: First year additional cost $10,000. Second year and beyond: Annual savings of $5,900.
    Breakeven 18 months.

    Capital Requirement

    Example A has no capital requirement and assumes no classroom costs.
    Example B has a capital requirement to allow access to a web interface for deployment of web pages.
    If not already available internally, access can be obtained for as little as $100 per month.

    Recommendations for Basic New Hire Orientation CBT/WBT:

    Philosophy Vision
    Organization Overview Company History
    Organization Chart(s)
    Employment Policies Work Hours
    Pay periods
    Vacation and time off
    Performance Reviews
    Security Procedures
    Safety Hazards
    OSHA Compliance
    Emergency Procedures

    Advanced New Hire Orientation CBT/WBT *

    Philosophy Company "hero" stories
    Notable achievements
    Strategic Objectives
    History of culture
    Organization Overview Competitors
    Product history
    Officer profiles
    Company Locations (site maps/tours)
    Employee Information Perks (gym info, intrinsic rewards etc)
    Telecommuting policy
    Charitable Matching gift Program
    Commuter Van Programs
    Tuition Aid
    Advancement Programs
    Mentoring Programs
    Volunteer Opportunities
    Safety/Welfare Environmental Policies
    Recycling Practices

    * This list is not complete and is provided as an example of additional items that can be included in the training.