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Subject:Re: New Hire Orientation From:"Mike Starr" <mikestarr-techwr-l -at- writestarr -dot- com> To:<vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net>, "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Sun, 21 Oct 2007 08:45:11 -0500
This strikes me as one of those situations where a wiki might be really
useful. As you go through your day, you might think of something and say
"Hey, I really wish I'd known that when I started" and a wiki would allow
you to dive in, note it and get out. A little time up front establishing a
few base categories and it could grow over time to be a useful resource for
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From: "Jim Barrow" <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2007 8:11 AM
Subject: New Hire Orientation
> Our Tech Pubs department hired a new tech writer last Friday and I'm
> to assemble an orientation that will do more than just keep that person
> occupied until we can obtain a computer, network ID, password, etc. For
> that matter, I also need to develop departmental policies and procedures,
> but that may need a separate thread.
> When I started with my current employer they didn't have an orientation
> program and I spent 10 days reading documents that were either obsolete or
> not relevant to what I would be working on later, and reading the company
> One of the problems that we're facing, as a department, is that our
> prevents any one of us from sitting with the new hire and covering what we
> do and how we do it.
> At this point I'm leaning towards having the new hire shadow us (other
> writers) at meetings. This would provide a real-world example of our
> project. Beyond that I'm just sort of winging it. I know that it would
> nice to take this person out to lunch so that we can all get to know each
> other and take a midday break. Any other suggestions?
> - Jim
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