Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity

What is the difference between orientation and Onboarding?

Our New Employee Orientation (NEO) is actually an important component within the Onboarding program. As a result of participating in the New Employee Orientation, employees will:

Acquire an understanding of the university mission, vision and values

  • Obtain information regarding benefit programs in order to make informed decisions
  • Understand the values that foster respect within the campus community
  • Learn how to access mandatory training modules that inform employees about policies & procedures
  • Appreciate how a diverse campus recognizes the inherent worth of all individuals

Onboarding is comprehensive and begins the moment their employment offer is accepted and may extend beyond their first month. It focuses on:

  • Affirming the employee’s right choice in their job
  • Integrating and adapting to the IPFW culture
  • Relationship building
  • Identifying training needs and performance goals
  • Establishing pattern for on-going feedback
  • Ensuring the employee is engaged sooner and is a positive contributor to IPFW

Why is Onboarding important?

Effective employee onboarding serves three interrelated purposes.

  • Ensures that the new employee feels welcome comfortable, prepared, and supported
  • Impacts employee job satisfaction and engagement
  • Reduces costs, hastens time to productivity, and improves retention

Who is responsible for Onboarding?

Onboarding is successful when Human Resources, hiring supervisors and departments are all actively involved.

  • HR plays a key role in the early recruitment and orientation phase and in guiding the onboarding process
  • Hiring supervisors play a major role in facilitating the employee’s successful integration into the department and organization.