Mix of online, face-to-face programs ensure success in orientation

EllisDon system takes staggered approach, encourages feedback
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/28/2011

A few years ago, the orientation program at EllisDon was done manually. New employees were provided with “hefty” packages to peruse but, with workers spread across Canada, it was a challenge.

“Areas did their own orientations and maybe not as consistently as we would have liked,” says Mary Grace Truchan, manager of learning and development at EllisDon in Mississauga, Ont.

With the launch of an online program in October 2008, the 1,000 or so employees can now access the system anytime, anywhere and at their own pace. Plus, the costs are lower, says Truchan.