[Grammar] on board

Kamshing

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My company just employed a new staff.

I used the following sentence to tell my friends in Facebook.

1) John Wong was on board on 1st August, 2017.

Dear teachers, please teach whether my 1) sentence is correct.


Thank you.

Kamshing
 

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John Wong came on board on 1st August, 2017.
 

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Or "was brought on board."

But he's not "a new staff." He's just one person. "The staff" is everyone. You just employed a new member of staff, or staff member.
 

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Or "was brought on board."

But he's not "a new staff." He's just one person. "The staff" is everyone. You just employed a new member of staff, or staff member.
Yes, "staff" is like "team": it's a word that describes a group of people.
 

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He is also a new employee.
 

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What's on board mean?
 

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Hired and began working. It's a nautical metaphor. Imagine the company is a ship. You've hired a new crew member. He comes on board (the ship), is oriented/trained and begins working with the rest of your crew/team.
 

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Hired and began working. It's a nautical metaphor. Imagine the company is a ship. You've hired a new crew member. He comes on board (the ship), is oriented/trained and begins working with the rest of your crew/team.

"On board" in this context means as you have described.

However, it also has another meaning when discussing business situation. There it means "coming to agreement" especially if the person involved initially was against the idea.

For example:

" I have talked to the ABC Company directors and explained the proposal in greater detail. I am pleased to say they are now in agreement , so all parties are on board with the proposal and we can proceed to the next phase."

Again using the ship analogy mentioned by SoothingDave, everyone is now on the ship so it can begin its voyage.
 

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It's trendy in Human Resources jargon now to speak of "onboarding" people, or the "onboarding" process.
 
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