Onboarding training

Onboarding training
How an LMS improves onboarding training

Looking to provide an outstanding onboarding experience for your new hires? Then you need a learning management system (LMS) that’s up to the task. New hires have a lot to learn. With the help of an LMS that can deliver seamless onboarding training, new employees can quickly acquire the skills and knowledge they need to be successful.

How an LMS improves onboarding training
Provide relevant resources
Whether introducing your organisational structure, benefits package or the basics of the role, an LMS can train and test your new hires from the ground up.
Improve productivity
With an LMS, employees get to grips with their new job faster. With the right onboarding training, new hires can hit the ground running.
Take the pressure off your people team
Free up your team for high-level onboarding tasks. Automate your LMS to deal with repetitive actions, like assigning courses and grading tests.
Onboard new staff wherever they are in the world
Your LMS is available online and on-demand. So whether your staff are working remotely or on-site, they still get the same great onboarding experience.
Retain new team members
Effective onboarding training improves engagement. When new hires feel connected to your company from day one, they’re more likely to stay the course.
Make training more efficient
Use your LMS as a knowledge bank. That way new employees have a first port of call for any questions.
Deliver onboarding training with a difference
Deliver onboarding training with a difference
My Learning Hub is an intuitive platform that helps L&D and training managers to engage learners and consistently deliver training within their organisation. This starts with onboarding training.
Instead of risking employees lost in their new role, develop an integrated programme of content that immerses new joiners in your company culture, introduces them to other employees across the organisation and targets tailored training that makes sense to them.

  • Engage your trainees
    Deliver your onboarding training in a way that keeps new employees engaged. Set up levels, points, badges and leaderboards to gamify the learning process.
  • Create learning pathways
    Automatically assign onboarding courses and schedule notifications for new hires.
  • Track onboarding progress
    Use tests and assignments to see how new employees are doing.
  • Use our intuitive content builder
    Create personalised, branded onboarding content with the help of our easy-to-use tools.
  • Access reports
    View training success and ROI with powerful analytics tools and reporting features.
  • Offer continuous learning
    Our LMS isn’t just about onboarding. Use our platform to deliver all of your L&D.
How an LMS improves employee training
Equip your employees with the skills and knowledge they need to improve their job performance. With an employee training software — or learning management system — your employees can undertake virtual training wherever they're based, to grow their expertise, complete courses and earn certifications.
How an LMS improves employee training
Onboarding training is essential — for both employee and employer — during those first weeks and months.
During onboarding training, a new team member learns about the work environment, the organisation and their role within it. By the end of the employee onboarding process, a new employee should feel like an integrated member of the team, able to work productively and make progress towards their objectives.
How onboarding benefits employees
Let’s look at what employees stand to gain from good onboarding…
  • Helps new hires to understand the company and its culture
    It’s much easier for new hires to adapt and assimilate to a new job when they understand the wider context of the company. Employees who experience effective onboarding are 30% more likely to be integrated into their workplace culture.
  • Builds autonomy and confidence
    At the same time, effective onboarding training also creates a better level of awareness of job roles and responsibilities. Employees will require less supervision from management and feel more confident to thrive in their new roles.
  • Improves happiness
    Onboarding sets the scene. By onboarding effectively, people feel included from day one. Employers can better manage expectations and employees will experience a more welcoming reality as they are able to integrate into the organisation at a quicker pace.
  • Staff retention
    New hires want to feel like a productive part of the team, as soon as possible. Strong onboarding programmes improve staff retention by up to 82% by helping employees to feel engaged and useful during those first few months.
  • It helps new team members to hit the ground running
    When you lose an experienced member of staff and hire someone new, productivity inevitably dips. Efficient and effective onboarding training (that starts as soon as a contract is signed) helps to reduce that dip, ensuring that your new employee has all of the skills and info they need to hit the ground running.
  • Ensures consistency
    With a well-managed onboarding process, employers can provide a consistent experience across the board. Regardless of seniority, background or location, companies can rely on a seamless experience for every individual.
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What does successful employee onboarding look like?

Your onboarding plan should help an employee feel like a valued and productive member of the team, right from the start. Whether you’re delivering your onboarding training in person or online, your onboarding plan should always include the following elements.

  1. 1.
    Practical information and tools

    What does your new employee need to get started at your workplace? Give them all of the practical information and tools they’ll be using.

    For example:
    • Any tech — such as smartphone, laptop or mouse
    • Your company’s org chart
    • A map of the office and travel information
    • Details of benefits, holidays and policies
    • Login details for email and software programs
    • A schedule for their first few weeks on the job
    • Any home working equipment — such as an ergonomic chair or laptop stand
  2. 2.
    The employee’s role: what is expected of them?

    It’s much easier to work productively and successfully when you know what’s expected of you. Whilst details of the role will have been shared during the recruitment process, now is the time to remind your employee of what their new job entails.

    Let them know their day to day responsibilities and suggest a few meaningful tasks that they can get started with. You should also provide training on relevant skills, software and knowledge. And set clear goals and objectives for their first months in the role, detailing how their success will be measured and by whom.

  3. 3.
    Company mission, vision and values

    When new employees feel immersed in company culture from day one, they find it easier to become an integrated part of the team.

    So how do you share your company ethos with new starters? When you’re onboarding staff, make sure their first tasks are tied to company values. You might also like to provide a few welcome gifts that reflect your brand. It’s important to offer training on your company’s vision, mission and key values – and then work to demonstrate those values in action.

    To do this, think about your company values and schedule events that reflect them. During your new hire’s first few weeks you might like to plan:
    • An employee lunch
    • A wellbeing activity
    • A free afternoon for innovation
    • An additional L&D opportunity
A chance to meet the team
Get team communication off to a great start by involving your existing team in the onboarding process and preparing them for the new starter’s arrival.
You’ll also want to conduct:
Team introductions

Provide opportunities for an employee to get to know their new teammates. Dedicate time to this process so that your employee gets to know more than just their colleagues’ names.

You might also like to make introductions in other departments, then your new hire gets a better sense of how the company fits together.

Buddy and/or mentor meetings

Who can your new starter turn to for support and guidance?

Whilst an LMS may be able to provide a lot of the info they need, sometimes an employee will have questions that only an experienced staff member can answer.

By appointing a buddy or mentor you make it clear who your new hire can go to with their queries and concerns.

Steps in the onboarding process: Month 1 and beyond
How long should the process of onboarding last? The best programmes are still running months and even years into an employee’s time with a company.
Beyond that first month of orientation, onboarding team members should involve:
Scheduled check-ins
Regular check-ins, with people at all levels of the team, help a new starter to give feedback on what’s going well — and anything they could use some extra help with. It also gives you the opportunity to gather feedback on the onboarding process so you can continually improve your onboarding training programme.
Celebration of milestones
Your employee should never feel like an anonymous cog in the company machine. Take the opportunity to celebrate them and their contribution to the company at important milestones – like their year anniversary at your organisation.
Regular training opportunities
As an employee becomes more familiar with a role, they may discover gaps in their skills or knowledge. Provide training opportunities to make employees feel valued and to help them become more productive.
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