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Onboarding

Onboarding is a human resources industry term referring to the process of introducing a newly hired employee into an organization. Onboarding consists of multiple individual processes; however, it has no official definition and opinions still vary as to which processes fall under the umbrella of onboarding. In the BambooHR Definitive Guide to Onboarding, we list the following elements:

  • Job offers

  • Salary negotiation

  • New hire paperwork

  • Policy and culture training

  • Job training

  • Employee handbook training

  • Benefits paperwork

  • Benefits education

  • Facility tours

  • Executive introductions

  • Team introductions

One thing generally agreed upon is that onboarding begins the moment a job offer is accepted and ends when a new employee is fully integrated and performing as expected. Research shows that the quality of onboarding experienced by new employees dramatically impacts engagement, performance, and longevity, among other important factors. Whether or not an organization provides all of the onboarding elements in the list, it seems clear that providing all new employees with a thorough, efficient, and consistent introduction to their new organization is a wise investment.

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