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Welcome to the family?

So after all the effort, interviewing & wooing of the recruitment process we find that person who’s going to join the team.

The chances are they are going to make a difference. The chances are you’ve agreed this mutual cooperation because you both believe in each other. It should be like that shouldn’t it?

The first day comes. It’s an important and exciting day – it should be shouldn’t it?

We get ready to introduce. To greet. To spend time together. To support each other. To lay the path for productive cooperation. To break bread even.

It should feel like a welcome into a family of sorts.

So HR, where do those alien words “Induction” & “Onboarding” fit with that then?


8 thoughts on “Welcome to the family?

  1. Welcome? Orientation? Hard to find a word that captures the essence well. First Day Expectations?


    Posted by Sukh Pabial | September 10, 2013, 8:14 AM
    • I think that’s where we’re failing Sukh… If it’s hard to capture the essence well then let’s not attempt to do it with a single label, “catchphrase” or jargon. Let’s be intentional with our language to create the impressions, environment & engagement that we want and deserve.

      On the other hand, if you want to chuck 20 new employees through the meat mixer then I guess “induction” or “onboarding” works well. It’s connected to that whole thing of organisations being perfectly designed for the results that they get…. what result do you want to create?


      Posted by David Goddin | September 10, 2013, 8:42 AM
  2. Don’t get me started on the ‘O’ word. Never understand why we have to use over the top phrases for things that are very simple. We call it ‘myWelcome”.


    Posted by hrgem | September 10, 2013, 8:41 AM
    • Thanks Gemma – the sense I get from “myWelcome” feels more encouraging than onboarding or induction. Personal preference – it’s horses for courses isn’t it.

      Funny how professions create orthodoxy like this which unintentionally (or perhaps intentionally!) create such over the top phrases. It perhaps shines a light on broader issues across the HR profession?


      Posted by David Goddin | September 10, 2013, 8:50 AM
      • I do think it is linked to the whole ‘seat at the table’ malarky E.g. – let’s make it sound much more than it really is, give it a fancy name, it sounds less pink and fluffy etc. Can you see Finance dressing up with P&L in a similar fashion? If it looks like a duck……


        Posted by hrgem | September 10, 2013, 8:59 AM
        • … sounds like a duck, and feels like a duck, it must be a Swan gracefully moving along the surface with its feet moving feverishly below the waterline. *getting my metaphors all mixed up yo*


          Posted by Sukh Pabial | September 10, 2013, 9:25 AM
          • I just wish there’d be a bit more independent thought focused on doing what’s right for the situation rather than doggedly following what we think everyone else does. In a world like that, it’d be perfectly OK to mix up metaphors 😉


            Posted by David Goddin | September 10, 2013, 2:25 PM
  3. Very much related to this post Tim Scott (@TimScottHR) has just posted this post “Lost where I belong” :


    Posted by David Goddin | September 18, 2013, 12:34 PM


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