Best Practices for Onboarding Programs

Whether you call it onboarding, orientation, or new employee training, the idea is the same: you have information that you need to instill in an employee, and you need to do it fast and efficiently.

If you’ve been a corporate trainer or an instructional designer for a while, you’ve created these types of programs. In some cases, it’s a simple course that you create to explain new processes or procedures. However, most onboarding or orientation programs can be very lengthy and detailed.

There are various methods for providing this information to the employee. We’d all like to be able to take an experienced employee and do a “Vulcan mind-meld” to the new employee to pass along all the information that the experienced employee has gleaned over the years. But since that technology isn’t available yet, we need to create programs or training sessions that will provide everything that the employee will need.

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