The HR Dictionary

Employee Onboarding

Employee onboarding is the process of acclimating a new hire to a company and its culture as well as providing them with the resources and knowledge necessary to contribute effectively to the team. How a company handles the onboarding of a new employee is critical to achieving good retention, and should be a strategic process that lasts at least one year. 

Building a successful human resources strategy involves more than just selecting the top talent for open job opportunities in your company. One of the most important aspects in determining whether freshly hired talent will be productive is the onboarding process. Onboarding and orientation, however, are frequently mixed up in some firms. While onboarding is a thorough process including management and other employees that can take up to 12 months, orientation may require paperwork to be completed and other routine activities to be accomplished. 

Modern day HRMS or human resources management software provide both recruitment, ATS and onboarding solutions as a part of a comprehensive HR solution for organizations to smoothly manage these two dependant activities. With these capabilities, organizations can create onboarding events, tasks, assign task owners, and much more after a candidate is hired.