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Social Networking for Your Online Orientation Program

Posted: 05/12/2009

What is Social Networking? Social networking brings people together with like interests through an interactive technology that makes it possible for people to network with their peers from anywhere, at anytime in an online environment.

Though originally designed for individual use, many organizations are incorporating social networking into their training environment, such as for onboarding and new hire orientation. Social networking is not only online, but includes face-to-face interaction, which is extremely important for new hires to navigate their way around organizations and processes. Tying the face-to-face with the online media networking allows for employees to interact and receive information in a timely, relevant manner. It also allows for employers and managers to ensure that tasks pertaining to every day duties and new hire training, etc. are managed in an organized way—setting reminders for tasks that could fall off the radar. Part of the productivity of the person is getting those connections in terms of who do you go to, to get this piece of information, or task done?

Charleen Allen, Director of Global Learning and Development for Baker Hughes discusses:

• Understanding how social networking can figure into your onboarding and orientation program
• Integrating IT with learning and development initiatives to get your new hire engaged and productive early in their lifecycle
• Collaborating with IT and IS for optimal HR and new hire programs

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