Employee Induction, Orientation and Onboarding. Do they Mean the Same?

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tom hogglund, Student (Other), Sweden
Hi all, the terms induction, orientation and on boarding are widely used when orientating new employees to the company and to the job. Is there a clear definition (somewhere in theory) of these terms or do they mean the same? (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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  David Wilson, Manager, Canada

NEO Terminology

I see a difference in the terminology:
- Induction is like the welcoming ceremony
- Orientation is the general introduction to the organization and the job by HR staff, and
- Onboarding is the training/indoctrination of employees by the department to forge a lasting relationship with the employee.
Others may disagree and see induction and onboarding as part of the orientation process. See www.usq.edu.au/hr/odt/inductonboard/inductguidelines.
You'll have to research the theories to connect the terms.

  tom hogglund, Student (Other), Sweden

Lost in Translations?

Thanks, the reason I've asked the question was in (...)

  Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands

Understanding what Words Mean

Hi Tom, indeed wordings can have different meaning (...)

  tom hogglund, Student (Other), Sweden


Hi Editor, thanks for pointing out the contingency (...)

  Richard Aghama Okundia, Student (Other), Nigeria

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  Lata, Manager, India

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  Krishna, Director, India

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  David Wilson, Manager, Canada

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  Krishna, Director, India

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  chakradhar, Manager, India

Little Difference Between These 3 Terms

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  Aejaz Ali, Student (MBA), Pakistan

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  David Guild, Consultant, Australia

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  Gil Bangalan, HR Consultant, Qatar

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  Ismael Ralph R. Tupaz III, HR Consultant, Philippines

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