Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

3 Tips to Improve The Onboarding Process

Knowledge Automation can take the stress out of hiring and training new employees

By: Greg Ford, CEO and co-founder of TalentClick and Dr. John Sullivan, Author and HR strategist

In 2012, over 30% of companies who took part in the Allied Workforce Mobility Survey reported that it takes at least a year for a new employee to reach full productivity. One of the reported contributors to this fact was that hiring managers would spend hours searching for fragmented onboarding content. This content can be spread throughout intranets, emails, and filing cabinet.

Fortunately for hiring managers, there are new solutions to make their lives easier. Knowledge Automation – or tailoring your company’s educational content to the specific requirements of a new or current employee, can improve the onboarding and talent development process in the following ways:

Personalized Training

Onboarding and talent development is not a one-size fits all solution. Every employee has their own unique training requirements. With solutions such as personality assessments, you can identify the workstyle of your candidate or employee and – from there – provide them with relevant training to close any gap within their workstyle that are preventing them from being top performers. For example, one of your current employees may score heavily on the “Reactive” workstyle dimension, meaning they can easily become stressed in high-pressure situations. They would benefit from training content that teaches them how to proactively handle their stress levels in the workplace.

Improve Onboarding Time

Employees can spend an average of 2 hours looking for the content they need. This number is even higher when it comes to new employees, as they are still trying to navigate a company’s systems. With knowledge automation, you can serve every bit of training content they would need in a shorter amount of time.

Centralized Knowledge Database

With more businesses spreading their operations across the globe, challenges arise of inconsistent training content for an international workforce. Such companies will face challenges in their onboarding programs, with a higher chance of information being lost in emails, share points, and cloud storage. Knowledge automation can take information from all these platforms and make it accessible for new employees across the globe.

By personalizing content through Knowledge Automation, you can drastically reduce the time it takes to get a new hire up and running, while also fostering your current employees to become top performers, setting your organization up for success!