Wikipedia talks of onboarding as "the mechanism through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members and insiders." And about.com has an article that discusses "Onboarding: Before The Employee Starts".

This is too broad for my usage.

In naming projects for my HR department, how can I logically separate tasks relating to bringing the employee in the door:

  • Get ID badge
  • Get parking pass
  • Process W-4 paperwork
  • Clean out office

and post-first-day organization socialization:

  • Initiate sales training
  • 30-day follow up
  • Introduction to our products
  • Employee shadowing

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  • Welcome to EL&U. Your title asks about pre-hire onboarding and post-hire onboarding, yet the question seems to ask about different steps in post-hire onboarding*— and the steps you list for integrating a new employee into the organization I have only known as *orientation. – choster May 6 '14 at 21:53
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    This really isn't a question of English. Write a memo with 2 paragraphs saying about what your question does, and make it a checklist for the new hire "onboarding". Onboarding...good lord. What a term for learning where the coffee and bathrooms are. – Oldcat May 6 '14 at 22:09
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    Orientation for everything prior to starting the actual job and onboarding for the subsequent training. – emsoff May 6 '14 at 22:51

Consider induction:

the action or process of inducting someone to a position or organization. A formal introduction to a new job or position.

The CO said this year would see a focus on staff inductions, expectations and education, as well as team activities. source


Why not Employee Orientation Training Day 1


Employee Orientation Training Day 2


My work uses pre-boarding and post-boarding. When you board you are with the company, as you would board a plane. I am not sure what onboarding means.

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