Improve Employee Onboarding with Video Training

Karen Butterfield

Effective employee onboarding helps maximize productivity, reduce stress, and improve staff retention. In fact, employee onboarding is one of the best uses of HR teams, providing significant reward for both new employees and corporations or institutions. 

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Well-executed onboarding leads to both increased profits and improved employee satisfaction. Research shows that great employee onboarding: 

  • Improves retention by 82% 
  • Increases productivity by 70% and 
  • Is critical for the success of new hires, with 93% of employers surveyed saying the experience was key to success in an employee’s role. 

Using tools provided within the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform, trainers can provide onboarding activities in a variety of ways, such as:

Create Quality Onboarding with E-Learning and Video Content

“Companies want to help employees adjust to the corporate culture, provide needed information for employees to perform their job functions, and improve overall productivity of new hires.”

The goals of onboarding are relatively simple. Companies want to help employees adjust to the corporate culture, provide needed information for employees to perform their job functions, and improve overall productivity of new hires.

Quality onboarding:

  • Aligns new hires to corporate themes, culture, and goals.
  • Provides self-sufficiency for new employees.
  • Increases employee satisfaction.
  • Builds a good image of your company.

Opportunities to Enhance Onboarding

Even well-designed onboarding programs can have some areas for improvement.

  • At many companies, employee onboarding is short and focuses on paperwork. It may, at some companies, last only a day to a week. To remedy this, add online and video learning elements to your onboarding. 
  • Onboarding programs may not meet the needs of different types of learners. To help work through this, incorporate things like quizzes, visual presentations, webinars, and other elements that help all new hires be successful.   
  • Common onboarding strategies may not provide cross-functional insights or information about the skills of new employees that will help them as they begin collaborating and working outside with other departments. 

Consider Implementing Pre-boarding at Your Company

Onboarding often begins on the first day of work; however, more and more companies are introducing pre-boarding, which is when a new hire receives essential information before they officially begin their work duties.

Pre-boarding does not have to be intensive to be effective, and it doesn’t even need to be face-to-face.

  • Provide employees with information about where to go, who to see, and how their day will go before the first day. Make sure that details about parking, security, and commonly asked questions are addressed. Video tours are an ideal way to share this with your new hires.
  • Take care of essential paperwork ahead of time. This reduces the work required on the first day and allows employees to move straight to more active onboarding. Online video tutorials are an effective support for this paperwork.
  • Make sure employees have the name and contact information for key staff, including their supervisors and human resources.

Pre-boarding can be done via email, online, or through video. You can even provide pre-boarding information on paper when an employee is hired.

Improving Onboarding for Your New Hires

Modern onboarding is moving out of the traditional office space, and in new directions. Implementing some of these strategies can make onboarding more rewarding for your employees, help them reach maximum productivity, and work to create a unified (and happy) corporate culture.

Good onboarding makes a difference for companies, for managers and for new hires. Setting up your new employees for success benefits everyone in the office, from the top down.

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