When does onboarding begin?

There’s a topic for the ages.  One of the tasks that I have performed in my current role and all of my previous roles for the past bajillion years is onboarding.  Recently, I have seen an uptick in the usage of this term, but essentially it remains the same thing – getting from the initial question to the ability to do the task.

I take great pride in my ability to guide folks through their first couple of days, weeks of an engagement.  I can get anyone from the bare-bones-beginning to enabled to perform specific tasks, given the correct parameters.  For me, onboarding begins when we publish an opening on the team.  From that point forward, everything that happens influences how long it will take for a new team member to become productive.  Following my procedures, we can minimize the uptake time.   Given earlier information, I could improve that process.