Last week, Best Bank in the World Incorporated held an onboarding and orientation for new staff. By the end of the session, Ashley had fallen asleep and drooled on his Armani suit, Tamsin had text her old boss to ask for her job back, and Angela had cried in the toilets because Derek thought she was 52. (She’s only 49.)
It’s safe to say the session didn’t go well.
But inductions don’t have to involve a snore-inducing speech and ice-breakers that make people hyperventilate in the coffee break. We explore the ways you can use technology to achieve a series of objectives. (And trust us, nobody will be looking for the emergency exit.)
Getting disparate audiences to work together is never an easy task. Derek the finance director might have an Excel spreadsheet fetish, but Tamsin is all about the creative vision, darling. (And it doesn’t include little yellow highlighter tabs.) Gamification, the concept of applying game-based techniques to engage and motivate people, is one of the leading tools for team building activities. Encouraging employees to have fun whilst using their skills to navigate challenges together, gamification boosts teamwork and engagement. Certain exercises, such as mathematical problem solving, will appeal to analytical minds, while other tasks, like the mannequin challenge, will work better for exhibitionists creatives like Tamsin. You can work out whose skills lie where with short personality tests and create your teams based around this.
We’ve established that events need to incorporate play and fun, but that can mean very different things to different people. (Derek likes escaping his angry wife by playing with his antique coin collection, but Ashley prefers chatting up on girls on Tinder- especially the ones who don’t ask too many questions about his fictional sports car.) Virtual reality and video are good platforms to get people talking- and they allow everyone to take a different journey depending on their interests. You could try encouraging the most confident team members to take part in a music video featuring the company’s core values, while shyer members of staff could try out a series of virtual reality experiences that engage them with the company’s story.
Nobody feels inspired by the prospect of a three-hour PowerPoint presentation. But when you want to get across a lot of messages in a short space of time, what’s the alternative? Online memory tasks and games are a successful way to feed your new employees information and test their recall. (Although you might want to avoid testing Angela on the spelling of recruitment- it’s a bit of a sore spot.) By encouraging a bit of friendly competition and engagement through memory tests, you’ll find people absorb the company brand values much more quickly. You can also encourage employees to discover the company’s brand themselves, through a series of themed online tests and challenges.
Simple icebreaker activities are available through a wide range of apps. If you’re looking for something a bit more advanced, app games like ‘guess who’ are a nice way to encourage new employees to find out more about each other, and can be tailored for different audiences and brands. It’ll even give Ashley the chance to get to know Tamsin-without the help of Tinder.
Rather than sticking to work-related topics, you can encourage new employees to talk about their hobbies, interests and past experiences. You can even try a global app, to get people engaged with offices in other parts of the word. Bypassing the need for public speaking, using apps will mean that even the least confident team members will be encouraged to engage and interact with their colleagues. (Just don’t ask Derek about the pictures he saw on Angela’s iPhone.)
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