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June 30, 2013 by  
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SkierOrganizational socialization. What is it? Let’s K.I.S.S. – it’s just other words for ‘onboarding.’ Which is just another word for new hire orientation.

Onboarding (or new hire orientation) refers to an organization’s process through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and cultural behaviors to become effective, contributing members of the organization. The strategies used in the onboarding process can include such things as: casual/formal meetings, face-to-face presentations/lecture, or computer-based orientations, mentor/mentee, or peer-to-peer relationships, all of which try to assist newcomers by introducing them to their new job, their managers, their co-workers and to the organization.

After all, what does orientation mean? (Providing direction, aligning, integrating, and assimilating.) It’s all about making the new employee feel welcome, establishing their responsibilities, getting them excited, engaged and connected to the company culture – transforming them into a dedicated employee.

In many organizations, onboarding is a long-term process that begins before an employee’s start date and continues for at least six months, some organizations onboard employees for up to one year. The correct length of time should be determined by the individual’s knowledge, expertise and job responsibilities.

Planning and using effective onboarding strategies to put each new employee and the organization in full alignment will make an impact within the organization giving the employee the confidence and resources required to do their job – allowing the company to continue to carry out its mission.

Onboarding represents the most important of “teachable moments” the organization will have. Consider the experience from the new employee’s perspective. First impressions will have an enormous impact on the employee experience, so make it a good one.

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