Even before the Coronavirus a large number of companies had already switched to online inductions. From Cognology’s experience this included both small and large organisations. There are many compelling reasons such as greater new hire retention, increased productivity and revenue growth. See our onboarding business case for more.
But now the Coronavirus has made it more important than ever that new hire induction is done using online tools. The reasons why include:
- Some locations are in full lockdown which means HR, managers and trainers can’t meet new hires face to face
- Some internal resources may not be available for periods of time if individuals are hit with the Coronavirus or groups are required to self-isolate
- Social distancing measures may make it impractical to have large groups being inducted together in small training rooms
But perhaps the most compelling reason is that from a Business Continuity Planning perspective, it is critical that the knowledge people need to perform roles is captured in some way.
Inductions versus Onboarding
The terms “induction” and “onboarding” are used interchangeably by many. That’s the way we are using them in this article. For some the term “induction” means a one-time activity that a person completes on their first day. While “onboarding” is a process designed to decrease the time it takes for an employee to be fully productive by helping new hires understand their daily functions and job responsibilities, and immerse themselves in the social and cultural aspects of the organisation.
The guide below applies equally whether you are looking to move an entire onboarding process online or a one day induction.