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Steps and Process

While often used interchangeably, onboarding and orientation are not the same. Orientation covers need-to-know info for new employees: benefits sign-up, parking information, systems access, office kitchen protocol, etc. On the other hand, onboarding dives deeper and has a greater impact on retention as it calls for employers to make sure people have the tools they need to be successful, engaged, and empowered in their new positions.

Inclusive onboarding expands beyond supervisor and employee involvement to connect employees with institutional missions and values, employee resource groups, mentorship opportunities, and more – the process is truly a department-, unit-, even institution-wide effort.

For information geared towards supervisors regarding either orientation or onboarding, please see the topics below. Clicking on any of the headers below will expand the selection to show additional information.

Orientation: Welcoming New Employees

Onboarding: Engaging Employees