Onboarding New Employees:Maximizing Success

Investing in the future of HR
SHRM Foundation
SHRM Foundation’s Effective Practice Guidelines Series

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Key Takeaways

About This Report

Onboarding has four distinct levels, the Four C’s:

Compliance is the lowest level and includes teaching employees basic legal and policy-related rules and regulations.

Clarification refers to ensuring that employees understand their new jobs and all related expectations.

Culture is a broad category that includes providing employees with a sense of organizational norms— both formal and informal.

Connection refers to the vital interpersonal relationships and information networks that new employees must establish.

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Publish Date

August 2021