Streamline Employee Onboarding & Training – Forever!

In the age of the virtual workforce, many organizations have struggled with remotely onboarding new hires. It’s possible to begin automating your onboarding process with systems like Google Drive or Microsoft 365, but at VForce, we believe that oftentimes the best method is to invest in a learning management system (LMS). An LMS is a powerful solution for creating and distributing your onboarding and training materials, and is more trackable, sequential, and user-friendly than other systems. We have found it to be an efficient and effective way to run online training sessions, for the administrators as well as the users. 

Onboarding is your first point of contact with your new hires. It should serve as a place to begin engaging with your new employees, fostering company culture and ensuring that their journey at your company starts smoothly. It’s your first chance to establish trust and build rapport with new hires. It is essential to establish touchpoints and clear communication with new employees during this time. Be careful to establish a balance between automating and streamlining the process, while still offering high quality communication and human interactions. A solid onboarding process can help improve your retention rates, as well as boost employee productivity. According to BambooHR, 21% of employees who left their new position within the first three months cited lack of adequate training as the primary reason for leaving. 

Benefits of Using a Learning Management System for Onboarding & Training

Using an LMS allows you to create dynamic training modules that are easily customizable, so you can tailor and personalize your content for each learner or position. You can easily provide each employee with all the training materials they will need to be successful in their particular role. It’s simple to update and tweak your content as time goes on so that it’s always correct and up-to-date. For more information about learning management systems and their benefits, check out this article.

Utilizing a learning management system to conduct your training and onboarding sessions will provide your learners with an enhanced user experience. Compared to using email, Slack, Google Docs, or Microsoft 365 to distribute training materials, using an LMS allows you to create a much more engaging and interactive learning environment. Requiring learners to actively engage with your material by doing quizzes and comprehension checks, watching videos and completing exercises will improve the overall learning experience, while helping to ensure long-term retention of key information.

You and your users can seamlessly keep track of their progress, and we encourage you to make room for feedback along the way. If someone has trouble with a specific area, you can send them additional materials and guidance. If many learners are struggling with the same sections, you can use this data to make modifications and improvements.

Stop Wasting Time and Money

Especially while working remotely, when new hires cannot simply ask a nearby coworker a question in passing, it is immensely beneficial for them to have all necessary content and information available at their fingertips. Using an online system allows your users to access course material from anywhere, at any time, on their PC, tablet or smartphone. 

This component of asynchronous training increases productivity and saves time by allowing learners to quickly access content if they ever need a refresher on anything throughout their employment. This is invaluable for businesses: a McKinsey report states that the average employee spends up to 100 minutes per day just searching for the basic information needed to do their job. Think about how much time and money could be saved by making all your how-tos and need-to-know information instantly accessible to employees!

Using an online learning management system for training and employee development can be very cost-effective, since onboarding and new employee training are often costly business processes. The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) suggests that the average cost-per-hire is over $4,000. Asynchronous onboarding and training removes much of the time and costs associated with trying to traditionally assimilate new hires. Making sure your onboarding process is as systemized and streamlined as possible is one of the most effective ways to combat high turnover rates and improve your overall productivity.

Dynamic 24/7 Training!

Besides saving time, asynchronous training using an LMS helps your employees retain valuable information. The easier you make it for employees to complete online training courses, the more likely they are to comprehend the information and be successful. New hires can advance through training at their own pace, which is key for effective learning. We recommend incorporating videos into your trainings as a way to engage learners and provide visuals for how to complete specific tasks.   

Final Thoughts

Onboarding can make or break an employee’s experience with your company. As the first and only comprehensive remote workforce solutions platform, VForce is here to help you create strong, straightforward, automated onboarding and employee training processes. We have many cutting-edge resources available to you on your journey to include online employee learning, training and development into your business model. Our team of experts can help you decide which learning management platform could be right for your remote team, as well as help you set up your own courses and training modules. Contact us today for a free consultation!