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

Other Words from onboarding

onboard \ ˈȯn-​ˌbȯrd How to pronounce onboarding (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 The job description should be discussed in detail with the new employee as part of the onboarding process. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Like initial onboarding, the reboarding process is a significant part of inspiring employees and optimizing their potential. Ed Beltran, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Transparency in how a company embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity will empower and inform employees throughout their entire time with the organization, starting with proper onboarding. Cassie Whitlock, Quartz, 21 Oct. 2021 My most expensive purchase was $3,000 for a hiring agency to do some onboarding for us. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 6 Aug. 2021 Hawkins has appreciated how Hoyer’s wife, Merrill, has helped his wife, Lindsay — who is due to deliver their third child in February — through the onboarding process and transition to Chicago. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, 19 Oct. 2021 Senior leaders need to stay on message, model expected behavior and make sure HR leaders in the organization have the knowledge and tools to support DEI, starting from recruitment and onboarding. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 In another planned change, Mr. Burns intends to dramatically accelerate the onboarding process for new CIA officers, which can take up to two years from a prospect’s initial interview to hiring, often because of lengthy security reviews. Warren P. Strobel, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Offering a strong onboarding process and ample training materials has been shown to help companies retain employees. Yec, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of onboarding

1988, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Onboarding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onboarding. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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