There’s a certain amount of time that organizations apply to new employees who are undergoing training. What’s the idiom? I’ve heard spin-up or train-up time, but neither of those two is clicking as correct.

The period of time is variable. The nature of the period is training, like learning the company handbook, policies, or IT system.

  • "Break in", perhaps? "Get up to speed"?
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 17, 2015 at 21:31
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    Onboarding? Orientation? Probation? You'll need to be more specific as to the length and nature of the introductory period.
    – choster
    Mar 17, 2015 at 21:33
  • @choster, the period of time is variable. The nature of the period is training, e.g. learning the company's handbook, policies, or IT system. I settled for "indoctrination" yesterday, but I am still unhappy with the word. Indoctrination is too strong and parallels mild brainwashing. Mar 19, 2015 at 13:35
  • I like "orientation" best. Without context, it kinda implies "short" -- like a day at most -- but it's a flexible word.
    – JPmiaou
    Mar 19, 2015 at 15:55
  • Nesting period.....Isn't it.?
    – Misti
    Mar 20, 2015 at 15:39

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At every company I've worked at, the process of hiring and preparing an employee for the job is referred to as employee onboarding.

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    //shudder and //ew.
    – Marthaª
    Mar 19, 2015 at 15:34

Probie can be used if a new employee is on probation.


noun, Informal. 1. a probationer, especially a firefighter who has recently joined a department.

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