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Virtual Onboarding Amidst Lockdown

The main objective when hiring new employees is to ensure the fastest route from training to being trained. Becoming a full-fledged member of the team often entails being tutored and asking questions about your job so as to be properly and thoroughly inducted.

Before Covid-19, this would simply take place in the typical work environment. However, everything regarding work has changed. Bringing our career into our homes might not have felt like the most efficient course of action, but it was a necessary one. Productivity has increased in some cases, and various employers have even taking to hiring new members virtually. However, what will the lack of contact do to that integral induction period?

What will change?

Well for starters, every interaction between you and your employer is online. That means emails, conference calls, or using the ‘Zoom’ or ‘Teams’ applications. Your boss might greet and welcome you aboard, as well as other members of staff, all through the Internet. Most businesses now engage in regular calls and send out email blasts to touch base collectively with the team.

A benefit of this process, however, is the fact there is no physical layout of a building to remember. If you’re needing to discuss something work-related with a colleague, they’re easier to find and talk to.

Online onboarding, as it is referred to, was used even before this pandemic started, just uncommonly. Now, however, it is vital to keep the ball rolling in certain fields of work. It can be simple and effective, especially once the company has worked through any kinks and are happy with the training they have in place. It means that new hires will each be given the same information and there is less chance of human error in forgetting to mention a key part of the hires job.

What to look out for

If a business is in need of creating an orientation course to induct new staff members, it is best for them to keep things brief and engaging so they can hit the ground running. The course would do well to express the intrinsic elements of their work to the trainee without over-complicating matters. Of course, in certain instances, it can be hard to do – thankfully e-learning allows to delve deeper into the complex subjects.

It’s never a bad thing to have a personal effect included in online onboarding. It can make that latest hire feel more comfortable and valued. That is why a small welcome from higher-ups can go a long way.

These new methods of work and business are being put to use all over the UK, and even the world. The new-normal for work has changed. For some, there are no more commutes to and from the workplace, and some are even unable to continue their job. Which is why the Internet is a valuable resource, and many are making use of it to keep economies going.

Onboarding is a vital process, and even now it is used to keep us safe by being transferred to an online state.  With Periquest, we offer whitelabel and custom courses such as employee induction training. Our aim is to help you create a smoother and more reliable course for your new staff.

Simply contact us to find out more about what Periquest can do to help.

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