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How can technology boost your onboarding and orientation program?

Orientation doesn’t have to involve a snore-inducing PowerPoint and ice-breakers that make people hyperventilate in the coffee break. Getting your new employee orientation right during onboarding means your new recruits will be 11% more productive, and 69% more likely to stay with you for 3 years (source), which is important as you probably spent $3,000 – $18,000 to recruit them in the first place!

Here’s 8 ways technology can help make your orientation and onboarding program the most successful yet…

ORIENTATION

Whether you resist or embrace it, technology is an integral part of the modern day workplace. Your onboarding program is the first impression for your new employees and using technology to orientate them will demonstrate that your company is forward thinking and progressive.

 

We believe that technology should never be used for technology’s sake alone, which is why our technology has been built to not only make the orientation part of your onboarding program seamlessly efficient but also creative, fun and highly engaging with a real sense of purpose.

 

BUILD COMMUNITY

Through the incentive of gamification, technology can be used to encourage your new employees to engage and collaborate with each other. We are so used to using technology in isolation, teach your new employees that technology can be used to build community in the workplace.

 

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

“Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I will learn” – Benjamin Franklin

Technology offers you the chance to deliver your content in a much more powerful way – it allows you to deliver an experience… Did you know that experiential learning often leads to up to 90% retention rates compared with 5% traditional classroom learning?

 

 

CONTENT THAT STICKS

By using an experience, your content is far more likely to ‘stick’. Using technology in your orientation and onboarding means that new employees will not only retain more of the key information about the company and workspace, they’ll also be more likely to stick around – 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for three years if they experienced great onboarding.

CORE VALUES

Technology allows you to really communicate and immerse your new employees with your company values, to inspire them to live and breathe them everyday in everything they do.  Technology allows you to get creative with the messages you want to convey and deliver them in an experiential way that will inspire your new employees.

 

COMPANY HISTORY

Using technology to communicate your onboarding and orientation content means your new employees can appreciate the progressive and forward-thinking nature of the company while respecting the company’s past. It’s important that your new employees appreciate your unique story, wherever you have come from, in order for them to help you on the next part of the company’s journey.

SAVES MONEY

Research shows that good orientation programs can improve employee retention by 25%, so it make sense that 73% of organizations revamp their onboarding to improve their employee retention.

Using technology to gamify onboarding can not only increase employee retention but it also save on huge hours. Managers spend on average 2 hours showing their new team members around, image what they could have been doing with that time. If your company employs more than 100 people a year that’s a huge saving of 200 hours $$$!!!

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