Finding suitable new staff takes time and effort, so you want them to become productive quickly once they start. Online training is the efficient solution to bridging the early skills gap.
The onboarding phase of employee development is perhaps one of the most challenging processes faced by your business’ Learning and Development department. New team members need to be onboarded in such a way that they are effectively and consistently introduced to the company culture and their specific duties.
If the onboarding process is done poorly, it can lead to skills shortcomings that can hinder productivity. To avoid this, use online training to allow new employees to familiarise themselves with the compliance training required for their role, in their own time and at their own learning pace.
Proper onboarding is vital. It allows for smooth employee handovers and ensures the work culture is embedded. It is also important for making sure the training platform is understood. Creating a positive online onboarding training experience requires a few easy exercises.
Encourage new employees to complete a self-assessment of their skill levels. Privately indicate areas of improvement to give them the confidence to assess themselves honestly without concerns about being judged by their peers. These assessments can allow new staff to approach the areas that require skills development in a proactive way when presented with their online training.
Online training simulations
Online training simulations can cultivate skills from day one. These simulations can cover something as simple as communication skills – does your new employee have the necessary communication skills to perform effectively with both clients and their colleagues? Online training simulations have the added benefit of being able to mimic the pressures that employees will face in their job role – you will be able to see how your new employee reacts to aspects of the job. This prepares them for the pressure and challenges that they may encounter in the workplace.
FUEL has found that the least challenging way to effectively onboard new employees is through a simple, easy-to-use Learner Management System (LMS). FUEL’s unique LMS ensures all users are constantly engaged in a dynamic, cost-effective manner and are continually assessed against their roles and given the required training at the right time in accordance with their learning pathways.