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Onboarding and Orientation in the Public Service of Barbados

The Ministry of the Public Service will be implementing new onboarding and orientation processes for public officers with effect from 1st October 2019.

But what do we mean by onboarding? And how is it different from orientation?

Onboarding is a series of events (including orientation) that helps employees understand how to be successful in their day-to-day job and how their work contributes to the overall business. Altogether, it is the information every member of a work team needs in order to do the best work.

Employee orientation is the process of introducing new employees to their jobs, co-workers, responsibilities, and workplace. It allows employees the chance to feel comfortable within their new colleagues, departments, and roles within the organisation.

Onboarding and orientation, therefore, allows new public officers to understand the public service and their role in the public service as well as understanding their ministry/department and their role in the ministry/department.

The Ministry of Public Service has developed onboarding and orientation guidelines to assist with the process. We hope that these guidelines will provide a more structured overview of the role of the Ministry of the Public Service and the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies in successfully onboarding employees, whether they are new entrants or transfers between ministries/departments.