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Old 07-10-2014, 03:55 PM
 
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This one's been dropped on me twice this week. When I inquired about "training", I was condescendingly corrected on my vernacular, like I was out of touch while he was trendy and smart.

Management: please, just don't, ok? It doesn't impress.
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:57 PM
 
Location: NY/LA
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This one's been dropped on me twice this week. When I inquired about "training", I was condescendingly corrected on my vernacular, like I was out of touch while he was trendy and smart.

Management: please, just don't, ok? It doesn't impress.
Hasn't that term been around for years?
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:59 PM
 
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Maybe when I've embarked on cruises, this is the first I've heard it for a job.

Like most buzzwords, it sounds exclusionary, can regular people use it?
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:01 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Not exactly a new buzzword. I think I first heard it in reference to training, socializing, and orienting a new employee around 2004 or 2005.

While it can be a little jargony, I like it because to me it differentiates between more black-and-white training (i.e, use 2 containers for each batch, press the green button, clean the bathrooms every half hour) and training that also includes a little more corporate culture and "here's how to function in this department", perhaps assigning a mentor, etc. Organizational socialization, if you will.
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I've heard it my whole career (10 years only) but it is kind of annoying.
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Florida
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It's like being "all in." You hear it once or twice and then it's everywhere. Also "no worries."
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Suburb of Chicago
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Hasn't that term been around for years?
It has. Training is training and going through everything to bring someone on board involves much more. It morphed into a verb, like 'googling'.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:29 PM
 
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I have heard the "onboarding" term for 10 years. I have only been working in offices for 10 years though.

While the training only lasted a day at most companies, the onboarding process could take a week.

The biggest drag was getting the different security accesses for confidential information in certain databases and systems. Approvals would take the longest, because it had to go up the chain of command for sensitive information like customer social security numbers.

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Old 07-10-2014, 08:50 PM
 
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I only started to hear that terminology a few years ago although it has probably been around for a long time. The HR profession probably needed jargon to capture what is a process rather than a singular event. -Can't take issue with them for that, nonetheless, the terminology gets on my nerves.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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To me, there's three different areas for new employees:

1. Onboarding. This is the overall plan that extends from HR getting the benefits enrollment stuff to you, to the systems access from IT, to the logistics and facilities to the training plan. "Onboarding" is all-encompassing.

2. Orientation. Usually defines a very short time period that covers company policies, values, etc.

3. Training. Lasts forever, ongoing process.
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