Starting a new job isn’t just tricky for the new employee, it can also be a headache for the employer. You’ve got to get that new employee up to speed, explaining not only what their role entails, but also a raft of company policies and procedures that they’ll need to adhere to.
Many companies offer an ‘induction day’, but the sheer amount of information thrown at a new employee in such a short time is difficult to take in, and can lead to them feeling a bit overwhelmed. Not to mention the fact that induction days often take place several weeks after the employee’s start date – by which time, much of the information will already be old news – and that these days tend to feature lots of new people at once, so they’re not exactly personal.
Well, online inductions – or e-inductions – could be the answer to your dilemma, and here’s why.
In brief, e-induction software allows you to induct new employees into your organisation online. And there are plenty of benefits to doing so.
The first is this – you don’t need to wait until an employee’s start date to induct them. Once you’ve got all your induction material planned, you can simply ask your employee to login and begin his or her induction process while they’re still in their notice period from their previous job.
It means the new starter can read all about your procedures at their leisure and perform any timetabled tasks where necessary. It gets them more properly prepared for their new role, gives them a head start when they do begin working for you, and hopefully helps lessen any nerves or doubts they might be feeling. It really is a win-win situation.
An e-induction, rather than an ‘in the room’ induction which may well feature multiple new employees, can be personalised. Rather than a one size fits all approach, e-induction software allows you to tailor your programme according to job role, previous experience, language choice and so on. You can set each learner off on their own individual learning path. As workforces become more and more diverse, this really is a boon.
This flexibility works both ways too, allowing people to take on tasks at their own pace, repeat material where required and find their own answers to tasks, within set deadlines, of course. Each induction can be timetabled and structured to the needs of the learner. E-inductions put both your organisation and the learner in control.
What’s more, it’s simple to re-use any relevant material for other staff training needs; definitely a handy bonus. E-induction software can help personal development become a much more continuous, integrated process.
Learning via e-induction can be much more interactive too – responses to tasks can come directly to you, allowing you to immediately give feedback. Online induction portals also offer games, videos and other activities to boost engagement and enthusiasm, and help build up more of a picture of your company.
Speaking of which, another great benefit of e-inductions is that they help further sell your organisation and its values to the new employee. The induction period, remember, is also a time for employees to judge your company, not just for you to judge them.
And if they don’t like what they see, there’s a good chance they won’t hang around, and then you have to start the process all over again. So your induction software can include case studies featuring happy staff in their roles, videos of staff at work and short vox pop pieces highlighting staff benefits, all with the aim of conveying what a fantastic place your company is to work.
Try before you buy
So as you can see, there’s a lot to love about e-induction software, which is why you should think about giving it a go. But remember to shop around; take a look online, speak to representatives, see if you can get a trial – after all, you need to find software that’s right for you. But once you do, you’ll never look back.