Chuck Ross, in an article on HR.com called “Employee Onboarding, An HR Technology Seeking a Definition,” identified two main approaches to onboarding technology. These are transactional and acculturation.
Transactional onboarding is very much based around automating the data transactions and processes that relate to a candidate as they take on a new role, e.g. tax forms, address forms, and benefits. This is a necessary although not curtain-raising level of check list functionality.
The interesting stuff is the acculturation approach, which is focused on moving the candidate into their new role as quickly and efficiently as possible. This approach is used to ensure that the employee understands their new role, company, culture, benefits, processes and is often described as “socializing a candidate. Technology, in the form of a portal about company and culture, may support this process.