Tips and Strategies to Shorten New Hire Time-to-Productivity with Employee Onboarding Training
The success of any staffing initiative lies not just in finding and hiring the right talent but also in how quickly new hires get productive. And the lynchpin to effective time-to-productivity is the employee onboarding training that each new hire receives. In fact, the speed at which new inductees become productive often determines the Return on Investment (ROI) generated by corporate training programs at large.
What Is Time-to-Productivity in the Context of Employee Onboarding Training?
Time-to-productivity is a measure of the time taken by employees from being hired to becoming productive members of the organization’s workforce.
Along with other Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) associated with HR and staffing processes, such as time-to-fill, time-to-productivity sheds light on the effectiveness of an organization’s hiring and onboarding process.
Poorly constructed employee onboarding trainings not only extend the timeline of employee productivity but also add other risks to the staffing process: New hire disillusionment with training and resulting premature exits from the team.
In contrast, well-designed employee onboarding training plans play a key role in shortening time-to-productivity. Take a look at the following stats that reaffirm the impact of effective employee onboarding training:
There are a number of strategies that L&D professionals may deploy, as part of employee onboarding training programs, that are effective at shortening learning curves for newly hired employees.
Some of these include:
L&D managers may also consider other employee onboarding training strategies that supplement the core ideas discussed above. These learning approaches, such as Gamification and Simulations, serve to enhance knowledge absorption and application among new inductees, thus expediting their progression to fully productive members of the team.Are There Any Other Tips That Can Help Compress the Time-to-Productivity Further?
You can also adopt the following tips to shorten the process of employee onboarding training and reduce the time-to-productivity further.
Tip 1: Add Pre-boarding to the process
To compress time-to-productivity even further, consider adding a pre-boarding process to new employee training. This phase could cover basic orientation topics, such as:
The new hires complete the training in their own time, prior to showing up (or logging on) for formal onboarding sessions. Ideally, use Microlearning modules, delivered through eLearning, for this process.
Tip 2: Structure the employee onboarding training into smaller chunks
To move new hires through employee onboarding training and make them productive as quickly as possible, structure it into sub-components that have specific sub-objectives. Some post pre-boarding sub-components may include:
Tip 3: Continue the connect and ongoing learning (after the completion of the employee onboarding training)
Additionally, best practices recommend the inclusion of multiple follow-up and refresher training milestones throughout the employee onboarding training process.
You can pick from a wide range of Performance Support Tools (PSTs) or just-in-time learning aids to provide the on-going connects. These could include:
I hope my article gives you easy to use tips and strategies that can help you compress the time-to-productivity of your employee onboarding training programs further.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Asha Pandey is the Chief Learning Strategist at EI Design. She brings her rich 15 years’ experience into play to help EI Design customers transform their learning and keep pace with the changing dynamics in the Learning industry