Onboarding is a business driver that ensures your company’s new or new-to-role employees are the right fit. After employees are hired or brought into a new role, onboarding is the critical step connecting them with the organizational culture and their roles. In some cases, onboarding can be considered the first element of employee retention.

Employee onboarding is often misconstrued as a synonym for new employee orientation. Even though the second is part of the first, they serve different purposes in the employee’s employment life cycle. Effective onboarding programs significantly affect employee engagement and employee branding, which is generally defined as how employees internalize the brand that the business showcases and align ...

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