Does Your Onboarding Program Benefit from Blended Learning?
We all know the importance of onboarding. It has the power to increase new hire retention rates, boost profit growth, and transform our organizations from the ground up.
One of the best ways to improve our onboarding programs to ensure new hires thrive?
Organizations that use blended learning take advantage of multiple modalities to support optimum success in their new hires.
Blended learning works. In fact, 70% of learners say they learn best in a blended learning environment.
Let’s take a look at some questions you can ask yourself to ensure your onboarding program is benefitting from blended learning:
Ask Yourself These 6 Critical Questions…
1. Do we support each new hire’s unique learning style?
Unboxed Technology suggests, “offering engaging content in multiple modalities, to reflect the three types of learning: visual, kinesthetic, and auditory.”
Every new hire will learn differently – some through reading, some through interactions, and others by observation. Ask yourself: does our onboarding support each new hire’s unique learning style?
2. Are we utilizing cutting-edge e-learning technology?
Learning through e-learning typically requires 40-60% less employee time than learning the same material in a traditional classroom setting, and participants learn 5 times more material– without increasing training time.
By using blended learning instead of a more linear approach, you’re giving your new hires the opportunity to develop more quickly, and you’re saving yourself valuable time and money. Ask yourself: are we utilizing cutting-edge e-learning technology in our onboarding program?
3. Do we have dynamic classroom tutorials that engage new hires?
While learners thrive in an environment that uses multiple modalities – studies show that new hires will get 10% of their knowledge from formal instruction (learning that takes place in an instructor-led classroom).
While it seems old-fashioned and traditional, these classroom tutorials are still essential. Ask yourself: does your onboarding program still feature a traditional teaching element where students get to learn from an industry expert?
4. Are we fostering relationships across the organization?
One meta-analysis found that feeling socially accepted was a crucial factor in newcomer success. That means new hires need to feel connected to the people around them – from peers to managers, and even supervisors and CEOs.
“Even with elaborate onboarding programs, organizations need to be cognizant of the power of informal interactions between new employees and their managers…” says an article in the Harvard Business Review.
Ask yourself: are our onboarding programs encouraging trust connections between employees all across our organization?
5. Do new hires receive active coaching from managers?
Getting real results from your sales team, “requires a focus on coaching and developing sales talent,” says an article in Biz Journals.
Coaching is integral in getting your new hires from entry level to high performance, and the best onboarding programs prioritize time for coaching between managers and new sales talent.
6. Are our new hires engaging in hands-on, self-led learning?
“Blended learning becomes a new hire training best practice,” says an article on Unboxed Technology “when it combines both the personal engagement of face-to-face training with self-guided learning.”
New hires will need the opportunity to try out what they’ve learned in a supportive environment; providing time for hands-on, self-lead learning will help your new hires be ready for action.
Implementing Blended Learning Gives You a Competitive Advantage
Blended learning is a powerful tool for improving onboarding, retaining new hires, and increasing revenue. And yet, even though we know the power of blended learning, only a fraction of businesses are implementing learning strategies that incorporate it.
The Brandon Hall 2018 Learning Strategy Study shows that aligning learning strategy with the business is the biggest imperative for 78% of organizations, but that only 18% of companies are “ready to take action” to address it.
Blended learning is one of the most powerful ways you can enhance your organization’s outcomes. Ask yourself these six integral questions today, and launch your employee success to the next level.
If you are looking to ensure your onboarding program benefits from blended learning, join our upcoming webinar on How to Build World-Class Sales Onboarding with our panel of experts on Thursday, September 6, 2018.
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