Using eLearning for onboarding new employees

Kerrie-Anne Chinn, Content & Editorial Manager

Looking for some fresh inspiration when it comes to onboarding new employees?

This year, why not try out some different tactics, to make the onboarding process more engaging for your hires, while achieving more positive results for your business.


eLearning is one of the best ways to onboard new staff. Today we’ll look at how using a Learning Management System or training platform for onboarding will ensure your new hires are trained efficiently and effectively.

Start the onboarding process ASAP

Onboarding should start as soon as your new hire enters the workplace, and with eLearning, there’s no need to wait until certain training sessions are available for them to attend. You don't want new staff sitting around waiting when they could be getting stuck into the job.

Online courses allow your employees to access training materials from the comfort of their own desk. New hires can easily work through training at their own pace, from their desktop computer, laptop and even mobile device.

In this way, using online courses will allow new team members to get straight into training and really hit the ground running.

Customise your employee training content

When it comes to onboarding, not all staff need to know the same skills or the same selection of company policies.

You only want to give new hires training in the policies and procedures that are relevant to their job. Otherwise, they’ll very quickly become disengaged from the training materials – there’s nothing worse than being forced to scroll through endless screens of HR policies when they don’t even apply to your role.

eLearning courses can be customised according to very specific training needs – so you know your employees are getting the exact information they need to do their job and perform at their best.

With the right training platform, you can develop short, concise online courses that are targeted to the exact needs of your team members. In this way, you can rest assured that you’re creating a perfectly customised training program for each individual employee.

Keep staff engaged in learning

New employees want to be sure that a company is a good fit for them, as much as they need to be a good fit for the company.

Your onboarding process will be the first taste of training new hires will get from your organisation and you don’t want to turn them off within the first week. Moving your onboarding to an online platform will help to keep staff engaged and focused.

Making new staff members feel as comfortable and as well informed as possible from day one helps to welcome them, as well as set expectations.

According to a recent survey of more than ,000 US-based employees conducted by BambooHR, “when it comes to what aspects truly matter to employees starting a job, free food and perks are not what they crave; they want an onboarding process that helps them reduce the learning curve at the new company so that they can become an effective, contributing team member.”

Using eLearning for onboarding is a great way to help new team members become acclimatised to their new working environment, while providing them with the information and tools they need to do their job. It’s worth spending some time and thought on, to make sure the onboarding process is successful.

Save time and money onboarding

The same BambooHR survey revealed that the typical company wastes $10,000 a year as a result of ineffective onboarding processes.

Not to mention the money already spent on hiring and recruitment, with Deloitte telling us that the average US employer spends about $4000 and 52 days on hiring a new employee. That’s a considerable amount of time and money to invest in bringing new staff on board.

eLearning is one of the best ways to keep onboarding costs down, while still making sure the process is successful for both the employer and their new hires.

By using online courses to train your employees, there’s no need for expensive training facilities, speakers, or printed materials that require updating. With all your modules, assessments and reports online you’ll save significantly over time.

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