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I'm referring to the "master plan document" of how they'll learn all they need to learn in order to start working at company X. Often this is a mega tome of links and sub-links, or lists of lists, sometimes kept in a wiki.

The Hebrew term is תוכנית חפיפות - but the translation of this to English is too horrible to repeat here.

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I'm curious about what "תוכנית חפיפות" translates to that's so horrible. Doesn't it just mean "transition program"? –  Mark Beadles Feb 22 '12 at 23:48
    
Google Translate renders it as "program overlaps" -- ambiguous, but not hideous. –  Gnawme Feb 22 '12 at 23:58
    
@MarkBeadles - hideous as in "totally not related to the original meaning of the expression", not as PG-18. –  ripper234 Feb 23 '12 at 1:13
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We often call the process of getting a new employee started "onboarding" –  nohat Feb 23 '12 at 1:27
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@MarkBeadles - "overlap program" or "overlap plan" is the closest direct translation. The origin of the meaning is when a new hire starts working, sometime a senior will work closely together with him (e.g. pair programming), or "overlap" him. I guess it's not really horrible pair say, I just cringe when I hear or think about direct word-to-word translations like that. –  ripper234 Feb 23 '12 at 1:32
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Companies I have worked at called it an "orientation manual."

Or, you can borrow a concept from the consumer electronics world, and call it a "quick start" document (the "Quick Start Guide to Working at Mossad" for example).

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"orientation manual" sounds good to me. But all I remember getting is "staff handbooks" –  FumbleFingers Feb 23 '12 at 0:07
    
Or "employee handbook". –  Sam Feb 23 '12 at 14:18
    
Newbies got a separate document, and even went through new employee orientation at a couple of places I've worked. –  Gnawme Feb 23 '12 at 16:17
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This is also called an Induction. The documents collectively are usually called Employment policies, individually they would be Holidays Policy, Dress Code policy, Non-Disclosure policy, privacy policy, etc.

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All these sound terribly uninteresting. I was thinking more of things like coding style, 10,000 feet project roadmap, key people to know in the org chart ... things that help you be productive. –  ripper234 Feb 23 '12 at 1:15
    
@ripper234 Are you talking about something specific to what programmers might do? You mention "coding style" and "project roadmap". Our answers are more about employees in general. –  Mark Beadles Feb 23 '12 at 1:22
    
@MarkBeadles - The context of my question is indeed software development, but I would imagine the same practices are held in a lot other fields. You know, beyond all the beuarocracy, a new hire has to learn a core set of company-specific "things" in order to function on his first day. –  ripper234 Feb 23 '12 at 1:35
    
"induction document". Induction means you start working there; it's more than just the document. –  user16269 Feb 23 '12 at 8:10
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