Monday HR Minute: Orientation vs. Onboarding
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New Hire Process, Part 7: Orientation vs. Onboarding

The way you help integrate a new employee into the company during those first days, weeks, and months often directly corresponds to if they become an engaged, long-term employee or an ineffective, short-term employee.

Orientation occurs over the first day or two focusing on the new employee completing paperwork, touring the worksite, meeting immediate supervisor and co-workers, getting computer, email, voicemail, and building access codes, receiving basic training on job duties, equipment, and timekeeping system, etc.

Onboarding is an ongoing process with the purpose of fully assimilating new employees into the company’s structure and culture while making sure they know how to do their job and what is expected of them.  Good onboarding plans assign current employees daily or weekly tasks and goals for the first few months to continue to integrate the new hire into the company. Onboarding usually consists of several phases including:

Introductions: Do they know everyone they need to know inside and outside of the company? Introduce new hires to co-workers in their department/area as well as important resource people such as Human Resources, IT managers, and/or accounting.  Introductions should also be made with people the employee may be interreacting with or responsible for such as vendors and clients.
Goal-setting: What is the employee expected to do short-term and long-term?  By giving the employee clear measures of success (“SMART” goals) from the beginning, they know what they need to do, by when, and the resources and tools available.

Training: What does the employee need to know to do their job safely, effectively, and to company standards?  Training starts on day one and, to enhance engagement and productivity, should be ongoing.  It includes job training, product training, safety training, harassment prevention training, and, if applicable, cross-training with other areas.

Performance feedback: How is the employee doing?  By touching base with the employee regularly to compare actual performance with expectations, you can make sure they know what they need to do and if they have what they need to succeed.  This can keep the employee on track for success or help get them there before too much time has passed.

Developing a comprehensive onboarding plan establishes a practice to help an employee succeed from the beginning.  Contact Affinity HR Group if we can help you with any part of the new hire process!  


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