Purpose: The purpose of the current study will be to determine the efficacy of on-boarding practices within the tertiary sector from the employee perspective and establish application strategies for best practices. The study will aim to address the current gaps within the literature. Originality: The study will integrate different perspectives within the management, sociology and psychology literature through applying a theoretical framework to the tertiary industry. The study will also attempt to address the impact technology on the on-boarding and socialisation processes. Key literature / theoretical perspective: The study uses a framework based on literature from the organisational socialisation, organisational psychology and human resources management perspectives. Design/methodology/approach: The study will use multiple research methods to triangulate results, including interviews, a quantitative survey and an experimental study. Findings: Preliminary findings from interviews conducted with staff from three Sydney Universities have provided evidence to give support for research propositions and the theoretical framework. Research limitations/implications: The expected limitations of the study will be that the current will only involve Australian universities allowing for future research with larger or international samples to increase generalisability. Practical and Social implications: Improving the understanding of on-boarding processes will provide benefits as organisations will be better at meeting employee needs and facilitating adjustment to new roles, meeting expectations and improving productivity.