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5 Topics to Help Give Your New Hires an Excellent Onboarding Experience

Excellent Onboarding Experience
Written by Matan Berkowitz

Onboarding a new employee can be tricky. You’ve got to get your new hire up to speed, yet you might not have the availability to offer tons of onboarding support. After all, you’re busy. That might even be why you have a new hire to begin with.

But giving employees a standout onboarding experience is key to getting the most productivity out of your employees and retaining them for the long haul. With incorporating Microlearning lessons into your onboarding experience, employees will focus on single-concept, in the flow of their work, so they’ll get the learning they need in these essentials moments during onboarding. 

Studies have shown that organizations with a standard onboarding process experience 50% greater new hire productivity, and 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for more than three years if they have a great onboarding experience. Those first few days and months of a new employee’s experience matter a lot, and it’s on you to make sure they get the training they need.

Of course, if it’s on you to give someone training, then it’s on us to give you that training in modern, engaging Microlearning lessons. We get asked about our onboarding content all the time, so we figured we’d go through a few of our most popular topics that can help you give new employees an excellent, efficient, and effective onboarding experience.

Unconscious Bias

Bias is everywhere. It’s an evolutionary trait that helps us accomplish everyday tasks like selecting which apple to buy or avoiding oncoming traffic. When biases go unrecognized in our work or personal lives, we can end up inadvertently alienating, or even discriminating against, others—especially people who are different from us.

Our content on Unconscious Bias speaks to our learners as humans, rather than employees. It breaks down a sensitive and highly conceptual topic in a manner that is easily understandable, non-accusatory, and unifying rather than divisive. It’s perfect for onboarding new employees, and making sure that with each new hire you’re contributing to an inclusive workplace culture.

Sexual Harassment

According to a recent study from Oklahoma State University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Maine, women who are sexually harassed are 6.5 times as likely to change jobs as women who aren’t.

Most sexual harassment prevention training focuses on the law. It’s check the box. Our content addresses the root causes of sexual harassment and gives people tools to combat those causes. The focus is on building a culture where sexual harassment doesn’t happen, and is handled properly when it does. By giving every employee sexual harassment prevention training when they start working, you can make your workplace a safer environment for everyone.

Professional Writing

Too often, we let bad writing get in the way of good work. The average worker spends 25.5 hours a week reading for work. In the age of email, reading and writing are a critical way of transferring information, especially for remote teams. Unclear writing means more work for everyone involved.

By making sure everyone in your organization gets onboarded with our Microlearning lessons on writing clearly, you can help your team communicate and work efficiently.

Facilitating Meetings

Research has shown that we lose an estimated $37 billion a year from unproductive meetings. And according to a survey from executive coach Rick Gilbert, U.S. executives consider 67% of their meetings to be failures. Giving your team a little training on how to facilitate an efficient meeting can make sure your employees are collaborating well and making the most of everyone’s time.

Data Privacy & Information Security

In 2014, IBM reported that over 95% of security incidents involved human error as a contributing factor. Organizations do what they can to protect their information and thwart cyber crime by investing a lot of money in cybersecurity, but one of data security’s biggest threats is human behavior.

Mitigate the risk of human error by training all your employees in the dos and don’ts of data privacy and information security. No matter what industry you’re in, the information you use, manage, and share every day is valuable and, in the wrong hands, can cause considerable damage. So secure it.

Make a Lasting First Impression

The way you onboard new employees will not just affect their ability to get up to speed quickly. An employee’s onboarding experience can also leave an impression on the way they feel about the company, their team, and their work. So before you choose which topics you’re going to use as onboarding materials, make a plan for the very beginning of your employee’s onboarding experience. Get started with one of our onboarding lessons, “Prepare for a New Hire’s Arrival” so that you offer the most rewarding and effective onboarding you can.