‘All On board, Buckle Up, and Take Off’. So, what if most of us are well versed with the safety precautions and the general instructions, there still are new flyers every time. But that doesn’t stop the flight crew from giving all the instructions each time. What if they didn’t? imagine the commotion that could be created due to confusion. The general discomfort caused by chatter, because of people discussing urgently with others. Wouldn’t be a pleasant flight would it?
On a closer look, a similar chaos is usually witnessed in workplaces where onboarding is sidelined. While they can always take the time to adapt and understand the organization, do they really have to learn it the hard way, and more importantly would that really help in retaining the talent?
“I truly believe that onboarding is an art. Each new employee brings with them a potential to achieve and succeed. To lose the energy of a new hire through poor onboarding is an opportunity lost”, says Sarah Wetzel, the Vice President, Operations at Engage:BDR. According to Digitate’s survey, “onboarding experiences impact retention: Employees who have negative new hire onboarding experiences are twice as likely to look for new opportunities in the near future.”
Onboarding is different from orientation. While the former is a one-day matter that covers just the general stuff i.e. the allocated work space, ID, some do’s and don’ts etc. the latter is a lengthier process. As explained by John Viktorin and Lee Downs, consultants in the area of human resources communications, “Onboarding is an ongoing process of building engagement from the first contact until the employee becomes established within the organization. Orientation, on the other hand, is a stage of onboarding where new employees learn about the company and their job responsibilities. The goal of onboarding is to make the potential employee feel that they want to work here; the goal of orientation is to integrate new employees into the organization as seamlessly as possible.”
Undoubtedly the Onboarding game needs a boost. eLearning with all its features and flexibility is nothing but the obvious choice for the step up, but not to get ahead of ourselves here the top 3 reasons that makes it a smart choice.
- Cost effective Flexible Learning
Onboarding is a recurrent process often at a higher investment too. Conducting classroom training whenever each time a new group of new-hires are recruited could be a labor, resource intensive and a recurring cost too. Having we structured eLearning model for onboarding cuts down on all this. Along with this eLearning also minimizes or even nullifies travel, accommodation, training location costs, and trainer cost too. Also, the latest trends suggest that many organizations are using eLearning as one of the very effective medium for their pre-boarding process where they asks there would be joining recruits to go through certain details even before they join. This have helped them to reduce the on-boarding time drastically adding up to reducing the cost of actual on-boarding trainings without even compromising on the quality and the content.
- Customizable Learning Experience
Onboarding may be a general topic. But, for recruits in different profiles the onboarding course should lead them to their particular goals, responsibilities etc. eLearning can be customized and delivered differently for different groups. So, along with defining the values, culture, mission, and vision of the company, there can be separate sections for different work profiles that gets them acquainted to their particular roles.
- Consistent, Interactive and Engaging Learning
Various factors can influence face-to -face trainings, availability of quality trainers, training locations, travel, etc. to mention a few. This often renders inconsistent learning, hence leaving some in better position than the others. eLearning completely removes this issue. Not just that with eLearning onboarding can become more interactive and engaging, hence increasing the retention rates in terms of learning as well as employees.
While these are just a few benefits of eLearning, onboarding process could be greatly improved by opting an eLearning approach. With organizations looking into automation and technological revision of most processes it isn’t late to choose an eLearning approach for acclimatizing the new-hires too.
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