As per me, I beleive these are the more accurate difference between orientation and induction.
Orientation is the introductory stage which familiarises the new employee to his/her new working environment by introducing aspects of the company such as:
Quality and value statements
Work rules, regulations and policies
Employee benefits and incentives
Induction is the process of initiation into a new job or company by which a new employee learns about and becomes part of an organisation. Induction ranges from formal orientation programs to informal familiarisation and social events. Its overall purpose is to provide necessary information, facilities and motivation to assist the employee to adjust to the new work environment to learn the ropes and become productive on the job. It aims to help him/her to understand company's expectations and convey what he or she can expect from the job and the company. It encourages the development of loyalty and enthusiasm towards the company and gain employee commitment.
Orientation can be completed in a day or two and is much simpler to organise and conduct and is less time-consuming. Induction, on the other hand, involves ongoing, systematic training and support for new employees beginning before the first day of work and continuing throughout the first two or three years.
In other words, orientation is one small activity that takes place during an overall systematic long training process known as induction.
11th February 2010 From India, Mumbai