Best Practices for Designing Employee Onboarding Programs

What was your experience when you started your first career job? Did you participate in a comprehensive onboarding program? Or did you have to figure out how things worked on your own? If your experience matches that of a recent Gallup poll, you did not have a satisfying newcomer experience. Gallup found that only 12% of employees strongly agreed that their organization did a  great job onboarding new employees. My experience was similar. It was weeks before I figured out who my boss was.

Is onboarding the same as orientation?

Onboarding, sometimes known as organizational entry, is the process that organizations use to socialize and acclimate a new employee into the culture and work life of an organization. Often overlooked is the idea that onboarding also helps an organization discover and make use of the unique strengths of each new employee.

Orientation can be a part of onboarding, but it is not the same thing.

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