What Is Onboarding?

Onboarding is a human resources industry term referring to the process of introducing a newly hired employee into an organisation.

Onboarding begins the moment a candidate accepts a job offer and ends when the new employee is fully integrated and performing as expected.

There are many activities that go into the onboarding process, from the job offer to team training. Onboarding may last anywhere from a few weeks to a year, but the most effective onboarding usually lasts at least a few months. Ideally, employees will feel confident and competent when the onboarding process is complete.

The best onboarding processes will include:

  • Setting expectations

  • Building relationships with other employees

  • Creating confidence and trust

  • Creating a clear definition of roles and boundaries

Starting a new job can be overwhelming and onboarding is most effective when it is spread out over time. This allows employees to better retain information by giving them time to process everything and ask questions as needed. 

 

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