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Employee onboarding & training glossary & terms


Make your journey through the intricacies of employee onboarding easy with our in-depth glossary. Join us in unraveling the language that underpins effective Career Development, Skills Training, and the creation of empowered, thriving teams. Plus, discover how LMS platforms lead learners to mastery through Microlearning, Peer Coaching, Performance Evaluations, and more.

Assessment center

A method of evaluating employees' skills and competencies through a series of structured exercises and simulations.

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Blended learning

A training approach that integrates various learning methods, such as in-person sessions, online modules, and self-paced activities, creating a comprehensive and flexible learning experience.

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Career development

Initiatives and programs aimed at helping employees advance in their careers through skill development and progression planning.

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Ensuring that employees understand and adhere to legal, regulatory, and organizational requirements during the onboarding process.

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Introducing new employees to the organization's values, beliefs, and workplace culture to help them assimilate and feel a sense of belonging.


Learning facilitated through electronic technologies, often delivered online, enabling employees to access training materials at their own pace and convenience.

Employee development

The systematic process of enhancing employees' skills, knowledge, and competencies through targeted learning activities, including workshops, courses, and hands-on experiences.

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Employee engagement

The level of emotional commitment and connection employees have to their work, often influenced by the quality of training and onboarding experiences.

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Feedback Loop

A continuous process of gathering feedback from employees about their training experiences to enhance and improve learning programs.


Integrating game-like elements, such as points, badges, and challenges, into training programs to enhance engagement and motivation.

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Instructor-led training (ILT)

Training conducted in a traditional classroom setting, led by an instructor or facilitator.

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Job aids

Tools or resources, such as checklists or guides, provided to employees to assist them in performing specific tasks or activities.

Knowledge base

A centralized repository of information and resources that employees can access to support their learning and problem-solving.

Knowledge transfer

The process of sharing critical information, skills, and expertise from experienced employees to new hires or colleagues.

Learning management system (LMS)

A software platform facilitating the administration, delivery, and tracking of training programs, serving as a centralized hub for managing learning resources.

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Learning objectives

Clear and specific statements outlining what employees are expected to learn or achieve through a training program.


The highest level of proficiency or expertise achieved in a particular skill or subject.

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Delivering learning content in small, focused modules or nuggets, typically addressing specific topics or skills in a short time frame.

Needs analysis

The process of identifying gaps between current employee skills and those required to meet organizational goals, informing the design of training programs.

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The comprehensive process of integrating new employees into an organization, involving orientation, training, and socialization activities to facilitate a seamless transition into their roles and align with the company culture.

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Initial training provided to new employees, introducing them to the organization's policies, procedures, and basic information to ensure a smooth start in their roles.

Peer coaching

A supportive and collaborative approach where employees coach and mentor each other to enhance their skills and performance.

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Peer learning

A collaborative learning approach where employees share knowledge, insights, and experiences with their peers.

Performance evaluation

Assessing employees' job performance, typically through reviews and feedback, to identify areas for improvement and development.

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Performance goals

Specific objectives set to measure and improve an employee's job performance.


A training method that replicates real-world scenarios, allowing employees to practice and develop skills in a risk-free environment.

Soft skills training

Programs focused on developing interpersonal skills, communication, teamwork, and other non-technical skills crucial for workplace success.

Technical skills training

Training programs designed to enhance employees' proficiency in specific technical or job-related skills.

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The systematic process of enhancing employees' skills, knowledge, and competencies through targeted learning activities.

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Training program

A structured set of learning activities designed to achieve specific educational or skill development objectives.

How to streamline employee onboarding

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