on·​board·​ing | \ ˈȯn-ˌbȯr-diŋ How to pronounce onboarding (audio) , ˈän- \

Definition of onboarding

1 : the act or process of orienting and training a new employee … good onboarding leads to higher employee engagement and greater retention rates.— Joyce E. A. Russell
2 : the act or process of familiarizing a new customer with one's products or services Customer onboarding primarily involves answering customers' questions and addressing their concerns so they have a smooth, positive experience with your product or service.— Aaron Agius
3 : the act or process of converting data to digital form While many retailers are coming to terms with the need for data onboarding and management, there is still a massive chasm between collecting data and using it to the fullest advantage.— Larisa Bedgood

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Other Words from onboarding

onboard \ ˈȯn-​ˌbȯrd How to pronounce onboard (audio) , ˈän-​ \ transitive verb onboarded; onboarding
The workflow chart that was pinned to the wall was an excellent orientation for me, as a new employee, and anyone else being onboarded. — Jill Duffy It's easy to forget how difficult hiring people is and getting them onboarded and effective in their job. — Sue Gilbert Once a customer is onboarded, they can immediately start using the account for remittance payments … — Richard Gluyas

Examples of onboarding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is demonstrated from the moment a new hire joins the team to their immersive onboarding and throughout their development. Ryan Van Bibber, Outside Online, "The 50 Best Places to Work in 2020," 3 Nov. 2020 The Cowboys confirmed the trade, for a 2021 draft pick that could be as high as a fifth-rounder, on Tuesday, and Griffen started the onboarding process with the Lions on Wednesday. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Lions' trade for Everson Griffen went down: 'Motown we coming, baby!'," 28 Oct. 2020 Schindewolf said that districtwide, not just at Oakcrest, the biggest challenge has been the onboarding to the learning management system — getting students online, on the right platform and set up on their device. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball ISD students experience first week of school, face-to-face and virtually, amid the pandemic," 12 Sep. 2020 Building relationships does more than assist with onboarding. Susan Haas, STAT, "Onboarding during Covid-19," 6 Aug. 2020 The rapid onboarding process during Covid-19 should be intentional about making these connections before redeployment or at the outset of it. Susan Haas, STAT, "Onboarding during Covid-19," 6 Aug. 2020 To respond to these needs, leaders recommended creating a systematic and standardized practice to ensure that every clinician gets the same basic onboarding. Susan Haas, STAT, "Onboarding during Covid-19," 6 Aug. 2020 My Chronicle onboarding and training were done remotely through Slack calls, shared documents and slideshows. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "A reporter’s surreal pandemic cross-country move to the Bay Area," 23 June 2020 Through the internships the onboarding rotates the nurse though different areas and identify fit and educate to the systems culture in parallel. Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Nursing is ‘the cornerstone of health care’ during pandemic," 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of onboarding

1988, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Nov 2020

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“Onboarding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onboarding. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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