Social learning is key to the integration of new employees. Focusing on social learning elements during a remote onboarding process will ensure that new hires more quickly transform into fully functional employees.
Reaching back as far as recorded human history, there is clear evidence that humans are social beings. Early artists didn’t generally draw pictograms of one man with a spear; rather, a group of individuals might be depicted taking down a mammoth, or perhaps a collection of handprints could be found embedded on a cave wall. When those early drawings were made, social interaction was closely connected to survival. You had a much better chance of making it through the harsh realities of life as a group rather than an outlier. But a large component of survival rests upon acquiring the skills you need to make it through life—and how better to develop those skills than to learn them from your mentors, peers, and colleagues: your social group. Really, not so much has changed.
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