Seamless online staff inductions during COVID-19 – and beyond
COVID-19 changed the face of working life forever by forcing so many of us to work remotely, from home in order to stop the spread of coronavirus. And though not every business will want to – or be able to – continue to allow staff to work from home regularly when it’s all over, many companies will never go back to mandatory on-site work.
This new work culture means that companies big and small in all corners of the globe must rethink their approaches to onboarding staff and the whole induction processes and adding an online element – or taking the process of induction entirely online.
Why online inductions make sense
Induction is the first real peek into a company’s processes that most employees experience after they are hired. It provides the foundation for how they interact with your company and provides a first impression for how they do everything. And we know from much research that unhappy or unconnected workplaces can cause too many employees to leave their positions within the first six months of a new job.
So, how to ensure your new employees stay past probation? It’s all about the induction.
A well-planned induction provides consistent information and, by putting your induction online, it’s no longer up to individual managers to remember all the details they need to share with new employees. Every new employee receives the same information, in the same tone and in an unbiased manner authorised by the company!
The result is that the initial few weeks tend to go much more smoothly for new employees, all of whom are inducted in the same manner and have access to the same message. This is crucial, especially during the global COVID crisis where many new employees have only ever contacted their new employer via Zoom!
In the absence of the ability to go into an office and meet people face-to-face, the only option employers have is to ensure their online inductions are as thorough and helpful as possible.