On-boarding new employees is not just about new hire training. In fact, the job training may be the least important part of on-boarding new people. As more evidence piles up linking employee engagement to performance, organizations need to take the entire on-boarding process much more seriously.
One important way organizations can do this is to help new people “adjust” or “socialize” into the new organization. Organizational socialization goes back a long way, and includes fundamentals like helping new employees with role clarity, confidence in their ability to perform the work, social acceptance, and knowledge of how to navigate the organization. Traditional new hire training programs do not address these issues of organizational socialization.