Employee Training vs. Onboarding: An Onboarding Program

Courtney Gray

This article explains how you can combine training and onboarding to create the best start for your new hire. 

Employee Training vs. Employee Onboarding 

Employee training is often used as part of your employees’ personal development and skill specialization. Training keeps developing and educating your employees meanwhile they are performing their best and having fun.

Training is, therefore, an efficient way to engage your employees meanwhile their work satisfaction, self-efficacy and personal development increase. 

Opposite, employee onboarding is used in the initial phase of a hire. It’s an extremely important part of welcoming your new hire.

A study shows, that employees feel 18x more engaged and committed to their organization if they are onboarded correctly.


Onboarding is a way to make your new employees feel equipped for their new job and workplace. It allows you to present your organization’s values, goals and overall strategy while you set short- and long term goals for your new hire.


Timeline of an Onboarding Program

Employee training is a continuous activity while onboarding has a defined time period. 

A study made by Aberdeen shows that only 37% of companies extend their onboarding program beyond the first month. Employees whose companies have longer onboarding programs gain full proficiency 34% faster than those with short onboarding programs.

We in Relesys recommend an onboarding period of three months to ensure the best onboarding for new employees. Next, we recommend adding training to start growing your new hire.


Gamified Learning in an Onboarding Program 

A study concludes that gamified learning is more motivating and interesting than other learning systems. When learning, onboarding and personal development become fun and motivating the learning outcomes are better, stronger and more efficient. 

This is also the reason why we have implemented gamified elements in our training pro module that are being used for both onboarding programs and employee training. We insert training aspects in our onboarding guidelines to ensure employee engagement and motivation from the very beginning.

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Recent research shows that 35% of companies have no formal onboarding program.


That’s a real problem since non-existing and unsuccessful onboarding results in that new hires are 2x more likely to look for other opportunities. Organizational costs of employee turnover are estimated to range between 100% and 300% of the replaced employee’s salary.

So if you make a great onboarding program with gamified learning elements both your organization and your new hire will benefit from it.