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on board +‎ -ing, 1970s management jargon.


onboarding (countable and uncountable, plural onboardings)

  1. (business) The process of bringing a new employee on board, incorporating training and orientation.
    Synonyms: onstaffing, orientation
    • 2009, George B. Bradt, Mary Vonnegut, Onboarding: How to Get Your New Employees Up to Speed in Half the Time, John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN, page 7:
      Onboarding gets your new employees up to speed twice as fast as separate efforts to recruit, orient, and manage.
    • 2022 October 24, Peter Walker, “Last morning in No 10 is straightforward – but what now for Liz Truss?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      As Sunak disappears inside, pursued by the clicks of photographers’ cameras, the new prime minister will begin a flurry of activity, with civil service staff guiding a new team of political appointees through what is known as “onboarding”, involving everything from computer log-ins to security passes.


  • Joe Miller (9 February 2018), “Are these the worst examples of business jargon?”, in BBC News[2], BBC

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