on·​board·​ing ˈȯn-ˌbȯr-diŋ How to pronounce onboarding (audio)
: 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
: 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
: 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
onboard 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 employee training must be available in the employees’ first language, simple and easy to understand, administered to all employees annually, and administered for new hires during onboarding. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 19 June 2024 The onboarding of Liam Hemsworth to the role was announced in tandem with Cavill's departure. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 22 May 2024 Pearsall first must proceed through a rigorous onboarding process. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 27 May 2024 However, hospital-at-home will not reach its full potential until the family caregivers are integrated into the process with the appropriate onboarding and support. Jessica Kim, Fortune, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for onboarding 

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Word History

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of onboarding was in 1988

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“Onboarding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onboarding. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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