How to perfectly onboard your new employees with eLearning
Hiring and onboarding new employees is a bit more tricky in companies where the majority of people work remotely. In order to motivate new hires and create a positive atmosphere where they will feel like a part of the team from the very beginning, having a good onboarding program is of utmost importance. Even in the companies in which the employees do not work remotely, having at least a part of the onboarding program online can be a good solution as your hires can watch it whenever they wish and feel that they saved time this way (instead of spending an additional hour at the office, they can take the course from their sofa with a cup of tea).
Before we dive into tips and best practices of onboarding programs, let’s once again emphasize its importance and the long-term impact it can have on a company if executed properly. Results in employee retention vary significantly between companies that have it vs. the ones that don’t, as it can be seen in this stats:
- Companies without (or with bad) onboarding program face those issues:
- Lose 25% of all new employees within their first year
- 20% of employees turnover happens in the first 6 weeks
- Replacing a lost executive costs the business up to 213% of his/her annual salary
2. Companies with a successful onboarding program:
- 58% of employees are more likely to stay for more than 3 years
- Successfully onboarded employees are 50% more productive and 54% more engaged
- 69% of employees are more likely to stay for 3 years
Now when we are certain that successful onboarding of new employees can be crucial for an organization, let’s dive into amazing tips on how to achieve that just by using eLearning practices:
#1 Welcome your new hires
A video in which you make a welcome message for your new employees is a good way to start their onboarding process. It can contain both animations and a video of your team members welcoming a new hire. New Age Learning can bring life into such videos and with us, you can make it as creative and friendly as possible. On top of that, you can add some videos of your team-building activities or photos of the team in it, to share a little bit of the team spirit with your new team members.
A video in which you make a welcome message for your new employees is a good way to start their onboarding process.
#2 Ensure your onboarding program is not too rigid
There is no doubt it is a good practice to set clear expectations for your new employee. They will truly appreciate it and it will help you make sure it was the right decision to hire them if all goes according to your expectations. However, make sure you don’t overwhelm them with those. Ensure that new hires have weekly and monthly goals of what they should go through and leave them space to choese on their own pace and time when they feel like it. That is when learning is most effective and eLearning practices can help with this. Make sure you create your onboarding materials responsive to all devices, easily accessible, and with checkpoints. Subtitles can also be a great trick. Make sure they have certain time blocks where they can reach out to their mentors and have semi-flexible onboarding meetings based on their progress.
#3 Demonstrate your core values in a game-like manner
Gamification is a powerful e-learning tool with which you can present any piece of information in a format that catches attention and is easy to memorize. Getting to know more about a company’s shared values is an important part of the onboarding process, so you’d probably like to make sure that the new hires remember your mission. You can even make a quiz to check if they understand the values or ask them to give some feedback through a small questionnaire.
Gamification is a powerful e-learning tool with which you can present any piece of information in a format that catches attention and is easy to memorize.
#4 Set clear expectations and build framework to follow up on them
With New Age Learning you can make onboarding documentation in a completely new and more diverting way. Create such documents where you set clear expectations for your workers in the first month, three months, six months, or a year. Note down how you expect them to reach the goals and provide some space for regular checkups with your hires. A whole set of tools that we offer within our services can be used to create an interactive onboarding plan for your employees.
#5 Provide simple, but crucial info in clear, easily accessible format
Many new hires will have similar types of issues and doubts during onboarding, whether it is how to perform some tasks, schedule meetings, get access to the right documents, etc. With this in mind, it’s vital to guide them to the right resources and ensure these questions can be answered quickly and easily.