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Onboarding for Competitive Performance: Leadership Responsibility in Initiating a Mentorship Journey for New Recruits

Onboarding for Competitive Performance: Leadership Responsibility in Initiating a Mentorship Journey for New Recruits
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Author(s): Itumeleng Innocentia Setlhodi (University of South Africa, South Africa)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 19
Source title: Corporate Leadership and Its Role in Shaping Organizational Culture and Performance
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Azza Bejaoui (High Institute of Management of Tunis, Tunisia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8266-3.ch006

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Abstract

Welcoming new employees into their job requires more concerted leadership effort to ensure that they settle in, begin work as soon as possible, and can be competitive. This chapter highlights the significance of complying with onboarding processes at all levels within an organisation. Drawing from literature, the importance of onboarding for purposes of acquiring competitiveness is offered, and then an onboarding process mapping and modelling (OPMM) is developed. A vignette based on ethnobiography of lived experiences during onboarding at a University in South Africa is presented. After using the structural narrative analysis, findings provide insights on the significance of the leaders' role at all levels of the organisation, in complying with the onboarding processes to yield employee competitiveness. Finally, the strategies for early engagement are presented, relaying approaches for socialisation to yield a competitive advantage factor. This implies that internal monitoring and evaluation of the process is essential to derive value.

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