When the world is going global, organizations expand to keep pace with growing competition. In this process, they hire new employees, and upgrading their skills is an essential component for organization success.
A major challenge for organizations is integrating employees into their work culture. An organization’s work does not end with just hiring employees and leaving them to work. There is much more to be done. All employees join an organization with several expectations about their career in the new company. They will be anxious to know the organization’s policies, procedures, work culture and, most importantly, they will be eager to get first-hand information from experienced employees.
If new employees don’t have proper training or a fulfilling experience in the workplace, it leads to high-risk situations, which may cause a huge loss to organizations.
You know that 40% of employees leave their jobs within a year of joining due to lack of proper training.
Role of Training:
The main purpose of new employee training is to provide comprehensive information about the organization to the new joinees. This training has to effectively convey the values, culture, and principles of the organization that helps employees to understand and then apply them in their domains.
There are a few advantages with employee orientation program for new hires.
- Feel Valued
- Reduce Startup time and Cost
- Increase in Productivity
- High Retention Rate
Types of Training:
New employees will learn extensively from the moment they enter an organization. So organizations should focus on different types of training, which helps them perform better in their day-to-day assignments.
Here is the list of different trainings:
- Induction Training
- Workplace Safety Training
- Product Training
- Compliance Training
We have seen how important is new employee training. Now let’ see why e-learning is a viable option for new employee training
I would like to share a scenario why e-learning is a better option for “New employee orientation training.”
Consider an organization having its operations all over the world and that it wishes to train its new hires in all its locations, How can this be done?
If the method of training chosen is classroom training, then the trainer should visit each location to train new hires. Organizations should invest huge sums of money on training programs. In addition, the language expertise of the trainer also plays a major role.
If e-learning is used, then only one training program can be developed and used at all locations of the organization. Here, we can also localize the training into multiple locale. This will reduce the travel cost and trainer’s energy, but help focus more on the effort for creating only one training course that will reduce training expenses to a great extent.
Here is a small infographic with 6 areas where organization should orient their new hires:
So how do you develop effective induction training? Let’s see some strategies that you can employ to get the ball rolling.
Use Videos: Begin your e-learning course with a short video message from the CEO that will add value to the new employee training. By adding video, we can give a personal touch to the training and encourage the new employees to be receptive of the course.
Employ Explore and Learn strategy: We can use the Explore and Learn strategy to explain key aspects. For example, if a new hire employee wants to know the organizational structure, he or she can know about the departments and personnel by just a click of a button. Also, if a new hire is interested to learn about the products of the company, we can use the same strategy.
Use Scenarios: In a new employee training, the organization’s key policies and procedures have to be explained. To make this subject interesting, we can use scenario-based learning.
- Two characters can be made to enact the roles of the senior manager and the new hire, where the senior manager explains the key policies and procedures to the new hire.
- We can also create an environment of a classroom where a trainer can be made to explain the policies to the new hires. The trainer can also be made to answer questions about the new hires’ roles and responsibilities.
Infographics: In new employee training, basic information about career progressions, maps and the trainings needed to be taken at each level has to be shared. We can create infographics for this purpose. It is better to display the content on a single page, so that the learner can understand by just viewing it at one picture.
Tables: Information related to all perks and benefits that new hires gain for all their performance during training would be of great interest to any new employee. This information can be captured in a tabular format for easy retention.
A well-planned and efficient orientation is required to keep your new hires motivated right from the initial stage. Employees who lack satisfaction in their jobs are more likely to quit. With proper orientation, it is the training manager’s responsibility to relieve all anxiety that a new hire is likely to have. This enables new hires to be comfortable at the new workplace and focus on their job in a better way.