What Is Employee Onboarding?

Employee onboarding refers to training, orienting, and integrating new employees into a workplace.

The process is important for any business, as it can impact:

  • A new employee’s ability to contribute value
  • Morale and satisfaction
  • Motivation and productivity
  • Retention

Employee onboarding consists of a number of elements, ranging from technical to cultural.

On the personal side, it is important to acclimate new employees to the company culture, their coworkers, and the environment.

On the technical side, employees must be trained in work processes, software, and protocols.

Effective employee onboarding can be accomplished through planning and strategy.

An effective onboarding program:

  • Is systematic and consistent, providing a common core of knowledge for all new hires
  • Is employee-centric, paying close attention to the employee experience, before and after onboarding
  • Is data-driven, measuring data and using it to gain insight into the onboarding process
  • Takes advantage of digital technology

Effective onboarding saves time, money, and resources.

In one sense, employees are customers.

Their productivity and behavior is tied to their experience at the company. Therefore, it pays to get feedback and data, then incorporate that information into future iterations of the onboarding program.

Employee onboarding is a defining experience in the employee’s tenure at a company.

Since that experience colors the rest of their journey at the company, every company should make the experience as positive and productive as possible.

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