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Keeping the frogs in the wheelbarrow: how virtual onboarding creates positive team-enabling cultures
  1. Rick Varma1,2,
  2. Bradley Hastings3
  1. 1 Sydney Sexual Health Centre, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2 Kirby Institute, Sydney, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3 Business School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rick Varma, sydney sexual health centre, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Sydney City, New South Wales 2233, Australia; rick.varma{at}


Introduction The post-COVID-19 great resignation puts both employee retention and the onboarding of employees in the spotlight. In an effort to maintain workforce levels, healthcare leaders are turning their attention to both recruitment (ie, bringing new frogs into the wheelbarrow) and practices that create positive, team-enabling, cultures (ie, keeping frogs in the wheelbarrow).

Methods In this paper, we illustrate our experience in building an employee onboarding programme as an efficient mechanism not only to immerse new professionals into existing teams but also to improve workplace culture and reduce team turnover. Key to its effectiveness, and in contrast with traditional large-scale culture change programmes, is that our programme provided a local cultural context via videos of our existing workforce in action.

Results This online experience, primed new joiners in cultural norms, helping them navigate critical early period of socialisation into their new environment.

  • Recruitment
  • management
  • engagement
  • trainees

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  • Contributors RV authored and edited the manuscript. BH edited manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.