What is Onboarding?
Onboarding is the process of integrating new employees into an organization. It’s important to note the difference between onboarding and orientation. Orientation is an event, typically lasting one day, that usually begins the onboarding process. But onboarding continues for months to even years after an employee is hired.
The best companies start the onboarding process before day one. This allows new hires to get acquainted with the company before they’re expected to do any work. Employers can get administrative tasks out of the way and begin making employees feel comfortable in the office. Then, the onboarding process continues as new hires are nurtured into highly-productive, seasoned employees.
Many companies drastically underestimate the importance of onboarding when they hire new employees. In fact, 22% of companies have no formal onboarding program at all, while 49% only have a partially successful process. What does unsuccessful onboarding look like? New employees are less productive, stressed, feel disconnected from the rest of the team, and are likely to look for work elsewhere.