Any induction program aims to build a good image of an organization in the eyes of new starters because it introduces goals, mission, values, safety procedures, payroll data information and much more about an organization. An effective and timely induction is very important in influencing the employee perception about the organization.
According to the Journal of Managerial Philosophy, the intention of an employee to remain or quit an organization depends on effective induction. A research by Daniel M. Cable, Francesca Gino, and Bradley R. Staats states that if the first few minutes of new employee orientation is done right, it can lead to more productive workers.
Why eLearning for induction training?
In any organization, when recruitments take place, it is not necessary that all the new hires are hired at one go. Suppose one person is hired this week, the other person may be hired the next week; so imparting induction training in a traditional way that is, by the classroom training method as and when they are hired may lead to unnecessary waste of money and time.
Hence, once an online induction training course is developed and deployed in LMS, it would be easy for organizations to assign it for fresher’s as and when they are hired. Equally it is easy for fresher’s to refer to it in addition to completing their on-the-job responsibilities.
In this context, developing an eLearning course for induction training is a better option for an organization because it saves time and cost. Imparting effective induction training can lead to more productive workers, which in turn enhances customer service. Let us look at some strategies that make online induction training effective and engaging:
Include the Explore-and-Learn Strategy: Using this strategy, we can create an environment in which learners can actively participate; they will be given a chance to learn and explore the organizational components like culture, roles and responsibilities.
For example: Here is a screenshot from one of our courses, which gives a complete overview about an organization.
It represents the virtual campus of an organization. This virtual campus has different buildings and a playground in which each of it deals with a different topic.
On clicking the first building, the CEO’s desk/room appears, where the learner will meet the CEO with a welcome message in the form of a video.
On clicking the second building, the culture room will appear. Here learners will get to know about the company’s vision, mission, goals, purpose, and leadership traits. Likewise on clicking the third and fourth buildings, learners will get to know about the services, organizational structure, new employee roles and responsibilities, career development plans and company policies.
Include Video of the CEO: We all know that “first Impression is the best impression;” therefore, incorporating the video of the CEO sharing the mission, vision and goals in the course makes the employees feel welcomed and motivated.
Include Real Images: Using real images or eLearning characters or avatars in the course makes the learner get completely involved with the course and also promotes knowledge retention. We have authoring tools like Articulate Storyline that has inbuilt eLearning characters in various poses and expressions. This will help you in having the right image for the right content.
Include Interactivities: Communication and interaction are the key features between a learner and a trainer to enhance the quality of learning. Including interactivities like click on tabs, rollovers, drag and drop and hotspots in an online course prevents the learner from getting bored and engages the learner’s active participation. Tools like Adobe Flash can be preferred for high-level interactivities. For example: Here is a screenshot from one of our courses that introduces the characteristics of a buddy trainer using rollovers to a new employee.
These are the four strategies to make your induction training engaging and interactive. If they are any other methods to make the online course engaging and interactive, do share your thoughts!