3. Add milestones
Another way to keep your new employees engaged during onboarding is to introduce milestones. The onboarding process can be lengthy, likely lasting several months into the new employee’s time at the company. Breaking your onboarding tasks and activities down into milestones will make the program much simpler, reducing the amount of information they need to take in at a time. Adding milestones also accounts for the fact that every employee learns at their own pace.
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4. Use microlearning
In most companies, there will be some general topics (like house rules or company policies related to paid time off, sick leave, etc.) that all employees need to know about. If you present these topics in an overly broad way (such as a thick employee handbook or lengthy PowerPoint presentation), your new hires are likely to shut off and not really engage with the content.
Make these topics interactive and accessible by adopting the microlearning trend. This new method of training involves breaking up information into small, easily digestible bits, usually no more than the length of a few sentences. Because of their short length, microlearning “nuggets” are easier to memorize, and learners can repeat them multiple times, which also improves memory and eases the learning process.
Microlearning works great in combination with mobile learning too (giving employees access to training content on their mobile devices). That’s why it’s ideal to choose an e-learning platform like Easygenerator that is fully mobile-compatible (iOS and Android) and automatically configures the training content so that it displays optimally when viewed on a mobile device.
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5. Keep it interactive
Lastly, keep your custom onboarding fun and engaging with plenty of interactive elements. E-learning is a great way to do this because many e-learning platforms give you the option of including educational videos, interactive graphics, educational games, and a wide choice of different types of test questions. All of these elements make the learner feel personally engaged with the content, helping them to acquire knowledge in an informal, intuitive way.
Anyone who’s ever been to a long lecture or sat through a complicated PowerPoint presentation knows how difficult it can be to maintain focus. That’s because these traditional methods of teaching are one-sided and impersonal: the audience is expected to sit silently and just absorb the information. However, the best way to learn new skills is to practice them hands-on. This is why interactive learning features are so effective. Prepare your new hires for their new workplace reality by giving them a chance to go through the motions themselves during the onboarding process.