A well crafted induction is one of the most important elements used by organisations to welcome new employees. However most organisations will agree that it’s challenging to find the time and resources to induct new employees as and when they start.
Individual inductions can become such a burden that many organisations choose to delay them until they have enough people to run a single, large session.
One of the challenges a new employee faces in this situation is that they feel ‘out there alone’ trying to understand ‘what exactly it is that they should be doing?’
An eLearning solution is a great way to provide new starters with the information and virtual handshake needed to hit the ground running.
Some positive aspects of using an online induction program are:
- Allowing learners to complete the Induction at anytime
- Allowing learners to put names to faces
- Providing a consistent message to all employees
- Motivating learners and helping them feel supported
- Allowing learners to review the content as and when is necessary
Some of Learning Seat’s induction ‘golden rules’ are:
- Put yourself into the shoes of your new employee and ask yourself “What would I want to know?”
- Remember, less is more! On an new employee’s first day, a 30 minute induction is more than enough time to provide an overview of your organisation and show them where to find critical information
- Get your new employees excited about sharing your organisation’s vision, values and have them want to be part of your mission
- Be mindful that adults learn in a different way to children and often have different learning styles
- Ensure the content flows and is delivered in a logical order
- Provide content which looks and sounds great to better engage your audience
- Leave your new employees with a good feeling about joining the organisation
- Ensure the content provided is realistic and provides a window into life at the organisation
- Use stories to paint a picture of your organisation and explain content in ‘plain English’
- Introduce compliance at a high level and show employees where to find more information
- Tell your new employees all about the culture and what’s in it for them
A good online induction also helps build a productive workforce by ensuring new employees get off to a good start. Some of the benefits that an induction can present are:
- Increasing the productivity of your new starters
- Ensuring your customer are being provided with the best service
- Decreasing the risk of compliance issues and breaches
- Assisting staff in hitting the ground running
- Reducing staff turnover
To discuss an induction strategy for your organisation, please contact us on 1300 133 151.