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What do you remember the most about the first day of your current job? How nervous were you? Were you met by a welcoming, smiling person? What impression did you get of your department and the University? Was your workspace ready for you?

Effective onboarding of new staff (also known as induction) is a crucial part of making new starters feel welcomed and valued in their new role.

What is onboarding?

Onboarding is more than just an orientation event, it is a structured programme that takes place over a period of three to six months. It begins from the moment a new employee accepts their new role, and continues for up to three months after they have started in their job.

The onboarding programme equips the new staff member with the knowledge and skills they need to get up and running in their new job.

Effective onboarding makes a new staff member feel like a valued team member from their first day. It encourages a sense of belonging in their new workplace or department, making them more productive in a shorter space of time.

University of Otago onboarding programme

The University onboarding programme starts once an employee accepts their new role, and continues until 3 months after they have formally started.

Using the onboarding system

The University uses an onboarding system called RedCarpet to support the onboarding process.

Information for Departmental Induction Facilitators (DIFs)

Human Resources provides support for DIFs, and you can find key information relating to the facilitation of the onboarding process on the Information for DIFs page.