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The Development of a Comprehensive Onboarding Program at a Big Ten Research University

Stacy Doepner-Hove

in The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Socialization

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199763672
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199763672.013.0015

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Development of a Comprehensive Onboarding Program at a Big Ten Research University

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This chapter deals with the development of a comprehensive onboarding program at a Big Ten research university. It focuses on the program creation process from needs assessment through program development and implementation, including evaluation systems. The chapter includes detailed information on how the development of the University of Minnesota program was (1) driven from the top down; (2) overseen by a full-time onboarding director; (3) branded to leverage the university messaging; (4) created by partnering with other departments; (5) integrated through central, unit, and supervisory level management; and (6) measured to assure its effectiveness. It also discusses specific examples of the onboarding program itself, as well as future directions for employee engagement at the university.

Keywords: program development; onboarding program; comprehensive onboarding; onboarding higher education; employee engagement; employee retention; university onboarding; program branding.

Article.  9186 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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