There are many aspects of an Onboarding programme that are common across all organisations: a welcoming feel, a great structure, comprehensiveness, practical usefulness, and a good guide to company values and its ethos.
However, what we’ve seen is that perhaps the most important factor of all is – quite simply - the ‘first impressions’ a company wants to give to new starts of what the company experience is going to be. Onboarding programmes, which increasingly include pre-start activities, can be the very first real interaction an employee has with his or her new company or team. It can be a once-in-a-career opportunity for the company to set out its expectations of excellence, and can show an employee that it’s important to the company that employees enjoy their working experience. Add to this a warm welcome, a great structure and programme flow, comprehensiveness, practical usefulness, a guide to company values and cultures, and all tailored to a specific role or team.. organisations have a powerful tool at their disposal.
We’ve been developing a number of these Onboarding programmes that shine brightly on our LXP. The scalable nature of the solution is of key value to our clients. Its ability to be tweaked, updated, augmented and tailored is a huge bonus for forward-thinking organisations. It’s sheer versatility provides endless options for creating and curating valuable induction resources. Add videos, links to TED Talks, policies and procedures, tips and tricks, end-of-week checklists, signposting, emergency information.. the list goes on. We also train our clients to self-author these programmes, so they can ultimately take care internally of their own resources for new starts.
Have a look at this short screencast of an example of one of our Onboarding programmes. It’s packed full of useful, engaging induction material and shows employees their presence is very much valued.