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Wordsmith: Onboarding

     Print Edition: August 21, 2011

What it means: Onboarding is the process of integrating new hires in a company. It normally includes filing up employment forms, orientation and training, and allotting employee codes, cards and work stations.

Origin: The word came into existence in the 1970s, but gained popularity in business circles only in the last decade. It began being used when companies started putting emphasis on preliminary training for new hires.

Usage: "There is a three-day onboarding programme for new employees."

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