The onboarding process, in which new employees are quickly brought up to speed and provided the knowledge they need to do their jobs, is quickly becoming a focal point for many businesses. As many as 62 percent of companies have formal onboarding processes in place, and this number is slated to hit 77 percent within the next 12 months, according to data from the Aberdeen Group.
Why is onboarding so important? There are a number of reasons – a formal onboarding process can set a good first impression among new employees, helps them gain access to the knowledge and skills they need to succeed and also improves engagement. The same Aberdeen research suggests that 90 percent of companies believe employees decide whether they will stay at a company within the first six months, so an effective and enjoyable onboarding process can help reduce churn in that sense.
There is a notable difference between the traditional new employee orientation and onboarding. Orientation tends to be a single event or a process that is very short-lived and takes a “one size fits all” approach to training. Onboarding, on the other hand, tends to last much longer and is often customized by role and function. It's also a much broader integration, not specifically focused on the job, but also on workplace culture and role in the company as a whole.
Industry leaders will develop onboarding processes that formalize strategies, provide support to new hires, develop relevant logistics to promote training processes, ensure new hires are integrated into the culture and provide assessment tools for skills and knowledge. By keeping these factors in mind, businesses can set up their own onboarding processes using the same guidelines as best-of-class companies.
Online training as a part of onboarding
Online training is one tool that businesses can use to supplement their onboarding processes. Web courses and modules are highly customizable, ensuring companies can develop training classes that are designed specifically for new hires and teach only the skills they need. This prevents any boredom that might stem from cookie-cutter courses with irrelevant portions.
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