Far more than a “new employee orientation” where new hires are briefed on policies and job duties, introduced to co-workers, badged and sent on their way, is a comprehensive onboarding program that is aimed at providing tailored skills-based training to get new hires productive and engaged quickly. The process includes logistics, of course, but more importantly, it involves showing your new employee the big picture to expedite a broad understanding of skills-based training.
The Future of Jobs Report: 2018 by The World Economic Forum found that by 2022, 54% of all employees will require significant re-skilling. By incorporating skills-based training programs into onboarding and continued professional development, it is possible to mitigate the impact of the skills gap. With the unemployment level at a 50-year low (3.5%), finding employees with all of the ‘right’ skills is unlikely. Therefore, it is necessary to invest in training new talent to ensure your business realizes a return on investment.
The following sample onboarding plan for new employees is designed to give you the tools you need to deliver a smooth and successful onboarding experience.
New Employee Onboarding Checklist
Before Your New Hire Starts
In today’s tight job market, the period between a candidate accepting a job offer to their official start date is a critical time in the onboarding process. Continued contact is the key to mitigating the risk of losing your new hire to a competitor before they start.
Calm Those First Day Jitters.
Prepare for Skills-Based Onboarding & Training.
The First Few Days
Get the New Hire Up to Speed.
Begin the Skills-Based Training Journey.
Beyond the First Days
‘The Forgetting Curve’ was first explained by psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus in 1885 and has since been repeatedly validated by research. Ebbinghaus discovered that the mind’s loss of retention is exponential, and 30 days after learning new information the ability to recall information flattens out at a fraction of the original ability. Yet many onboarding programs use a front-loaded training approach delivering everything the new hire needs to know in a concentrated session or sessions.
To successfully onboard and train a new employee, it is critical that frequent refresher modules are taught to boost memory, especially within the first 30 days after the initial learning. Implement a repeated cycle of testing, learning or reinforcing the material, and assessing the employee’s confidence in what he or she knows. By using a “questions-first” approach, you can assess the information your employee has mastered, and where they have skill gaps and need additional instruction.
Skills-based training should not stop 60 days, 90 days, or even a year after new talent is acquired. The State of the American Workplace Report by Gallup found that organizations with highly engaged employees experience 22% greater profitability, 21% greater productivity, and up to 65% less turnover. eSkill’s assessments allow companies to tailor training programs to meet the individual needs of each employee. Not only does this customization increase employee engagement, but it sets the company up for success in this ever-evolving age of technology.
This sample onboarding plan for new employees should be used as a starting point for determining how to best integrate skills tests into your company’s employee onboarding and training processes. The professionals at eSkill are available to assist your team in developing customized job-based skills assessments. With a vast library of combinable skills tests and modular subjects, eSkill makes it easy to start the process of skills-based training today.
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