Employee onboarding is the process by which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviors to become effective, engaged members of their teams, departments and the organization. The goals of onboarding are to socialize new hires within the organization, shorten new hire time to productivity and encourage long-term retention.
Typically comprised of multiple stages, onboarding should be strategic, comprehensive, consistent and measured. A few onboarding best practices include continuous training, structured orientation, established job expectations and assignment of a mentor. The onboarding process varies in length and can be tailored to the needs of the organization and job.