Induction training is a cornerstone of properly integrating new employees. With an ageing workforce, a more fluid approach to careers, and employees often working from home and travelling from city-to-city to work, proper employee induction training is more important, and yet at the same time harder than ever.
So how can we ensure our employees are up to speed with the ins and outs of their roles and work environment? An unlikely candidate: eLearning solutions, is actually the key.
Online induction training is not exactly a new thing. The idea of offering a virtual tour of the building, or a desktop assistant to help employees familiarize themselves with new software is as old as the infamously annoying Clippy the Paperclip. And, although technology has got a lot less… pestering since those days, the principle of guiding employees with software, rather than manpower, has become ingrained in how we train and induce workers across all sectors.
However, modern eLearning induction training takes that to the next level. There is a reason why eLearning services are set to double by 2022. Unlike other systems before them, eLearning systems focus on the user, and acknowledge that every person, role, and company is different. Users can learn at their own pace, revise old lessons as much as they need to, and, when they feel stuck, get in touch with more experienced users across the company, even around the globe, for help. These approaches have produced unique levels of success, as they are able to harness personal, niche, and generational skills, from archive-based work strategies to the Millenials’ magic-like ability to pick up new technology.
By integrating these approaches into our digital inductions, we are no longer limited in our abilities to train new employees. A new employee is not pressured or overloaded with information, instead learning as they go and picking up new information along the way. Old employees no longer need to leave their workstations to tell someone how the latest photocopier works, or explain the filing strategy of their department. People learn and adapt at their own pace, enjoying a more rewarding, more practical, cheaper, and quicker learning experience.
Through eLearning, we are beginning to discover the perfect replacement for tiresome business courses and apprentice roles, as well as the perfect accessory to a more flexible employment strategy and common inductions. Much like eLearning in teaching, we are not seeking to replace the employees who would manage inductions, but to make their jobs more efficient and simpler, allowing the company to work with new employees or transfers seamlessly. Everyone benefits from this approach.
Goodbye grinding to a halt whenever something new changes, Hello simple employee inductions, happy workers, and a faster-paced, more profitable, modernised business!
This isn’t the only way that eLearning developments are improving our workplace experiences. eLearning is set to change the way we see mobility and flexibility in business, as well as to improve access to technology across all generations. So watch this space!