Meaning of Employee Induction, Orientation and Onboarding

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tom hogglund
Student (Other), Sweden

Meaning of Employee Induction, Orientation and Onboarding

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?

  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 my mother language we only have one word for orientation/induction/on boarding and we're just adding "to work", "to company" which then refers to what...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

Understanding what Words Mean

Hi Tom, indeed wordings can have different meanings when used by different authors in different languages in different times in different cultures in different parts of the world. See also contingency...

  tom hogglund
Student (Other), Sweden
 

Understanding

Hi Editor, thanks for pointing out the contingency theory, it was new to me and personally I found it quite interesting. I am not sure how to react to this theory, I heard myself shouting: "look the k...

  Richard Aghama Okundia
Student (Other), Nigeria
 

The Difference

The three words, orientation, induction and onboarding are the three stages involved in getting a new employee familiarised with their new work environment. The fact that none can be done separate of ...

  Lata
Manager, India
 

The Difference

Hi Tom, when we use these 3 words what we mean are: - Employee Induction: presentation & imparting knowledge about the organisation like inception, history achievements, management team, business ver...

  Krishna, India
 

What's the Difference

I am confused between what David and Lata had to say. It seems they recommend totally different definitions. Help! To me, it looks like Lata is closer to the definition that has been in my mind for a...

  David Wilson
Manager, Canada
 

Meaning of Employee Induction, Orientation and Onboarding

@Gopal : The differences are based on the language and definitions used in your own country. I would recommend you use those definitions that best descibe what your organization uses and understands. ...

  Krishna, India
 

What's the Difference

That seems to fall in line with Tom and Editor. I guess local language, culture and slangs also play an important role in how a term needs to be interpreted. Seems like the difference in understandin...

  chakradhar
Manager, India
 

Little Difference Between These 3 Terms

@Tom : especially when we have to choose between simplicity and complexity, people often choose for complexity. There is not much difference between all of these 3 words, they're used to make it sound...

  Aejaz Ali
Student (MBA), Pakistan
 

Employee Induction vs Employee Orientation vs Employee Onboarding

Induction: program is the process used within many businesses to welcome new employees to the company and prepare them for their new role. Orientation: new employees should complete a new employment ...

  David Guild
Consultant, Australia
 

Employee Induction vs Employee Orientation vs Employee Onboarding

In my experience with large organizations, - Employee Induction - is indeed a welcome to the business but is also about 7 hours of detailed information of basic oh&s, dress standards, safety requirem...

  Gil Bangalan
HR Consultant, Qatar
 

Employee Induction versus Employee Orientation versus Employee Onboarding

Words do indeed mean different things to various people. I am working in the Middle East and I have been handling the function of "employee on-boarding and off-boarding." In our context we refer to e...

  Ismael Ralph R. Tupaz III
HR Consultant, Philippines
 

Induction, Orientation and On-boarding

Hi, Tom, I understand how confusing this may seem. Based on experience and practice here: - Induction is generally referred to as the series of processes that the company prescribes new employees / n...

  FESTUS OMOTARA, Nigeria
 

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

In my view, - Employee Induction is a kind of a training organized for a new employee to introduce him/her to a particular job or responsibilities. - Employee Orientation is a kind of exposures or ...

  Munadil Shafat
Student (MBA), Bangladesh
 

Feeling Nostalic About New Employee Onboarding

While I was in my early semesters of MBA, one of our Professors, asked to submit termpaper topics from students. One friend who stood besides me, couldn't find a topic yet. But our Professor was askin...

 

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