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Definition of Onboarding:

Onboarding is a company procedure of welcoming new employees to the workplace. It is not a one-day event, but a continuous process that spans over a year until the employee has accustomed themselves to the new role and the team. It is essentially a process that helps the new employee socialize with their new team and the company as a whole. They get a hang of the company culture, the team dynamics, and their new job. 
 

How is onboarding different from orientation?

Employee onboarding is about getting acquainted with the company, its employees, and feeling welcome in the new place. Orientation is the first step of employee onboarding. It is the process of learning the whereabouts of the office, the company policies, their job responsibilities and so on. 

 

Importance of Onboarding:

Did you know, 28% of new employees quit their jobs within the first three months?

This can prove costly to companies, given the costs involved in hiring and training them. Now, they have to incur those expenses again, for the replacement. A good onboarding process ensures that these employees feel comfortable, valued, and continue to work in your company, thereby improving the retention rates. 

One of the reasons why employees leave their new job within three months is because they do not understand their job responsibilities and are yet to get a hang of the new place. They feel like an unwanted guest with no understanding of what’s happening around them. A good onboarding program will ensure that your new employees have clarity on what is expected of them. They are properly trained and ready to handle their responsibilities much earlier than expected. They feel welcome in the new environment and know how to work with their team well.

Steps involved in Onboarding:

  • Onboarding usually starts with paperwork which involves job offers, salary negotiations, employee contract and so on. 
  • This is followed by onboarding training programs to familiarise the new employees with the company culture, policies, benefits and the workings of the organization. 
  • Once that’s done, the employee is shown around the office and meets their managers. They meet their team members, who give them an idea of how work is done and give you a detailed idea of the team dynamics.

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