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
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 orien... Sign up

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Understanding what Words Mean

Hi Tom, indeed wordings can have different meanings when used by different authors in different lang... Sign up

tom hogglund
Student (Other), Sweden


Hi Editor, thanks for pointing out the contingency theory, it was new to me and personally I found i... Sign up

Richard Aghama Okundia
Student (Other), Nigeria

The Difference

The three words, orientation, induction and onboarding are the three stages involved in getting a ne... Sign up

Manager, India

The Difference

Hi Tom, when we use these 3 words what we mean are: - Employee Induction: presentation & imparting ... Sign up

Krishna, India

What's the Difference

I am confused between what David and Lata had to say. It seems they recommend totally different defi... Sign up

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... Sign up

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... Sign up

Manager, India

Little Difference Between These 3 Terms

@Tom : especially when we have to choose between simplicity and complexity, people often choose for ... Sign up

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 compan... Sign up

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 busine... Sign up

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 ... Sign up

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: - Inducti... Sign up


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 ... Sign up

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 fr... Sign up


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