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A Successful Onboarding Process from a New hire's Perspective

Posted by Brigg Patten on May 23, 2017 1:15:00 PM

Onboarding training is a great opportunity to introduce employees to your learning culture. In fact, if you're moving to virtual and blended learning, we believe it's the best place to start the transition. Regular blog contributor Brigg Patten explores other key elements to include in this type of training event. 

49674576_s.jpgThe onboarding process serves as a new employee's first impression of a company's culture, values, and structure. It sets the stage for the employee's ability to succeed and contribute to the organization's overall goals. Unfortunately, many companies do not invest properly in the onboarding process and this lack of attention can be costly.

A recent study found that 31 percent of new employees leave a company after 6 months. This high, early turnover rate seems to be partly correlated with poorly executed training and onboarding programs. If you're looking to revamp your onboarding process, consider these key elements and send your new staff member up on the road to success.

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Topics: Management

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Success Stories

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 15, 2014 10:00:00 AM

This is the tenth post in a series of eleven which will examine how to motivate the virtual learner. The first post introduces the series.

Motivation Category 9: Publish Success Stories.

Publishing success stories about virtual learning in your organization is a great way to reassure tentative new participants that they can be successful learning in the virtual classroom. Use those success stories to supplement your marketing effort.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Management, Engagement, Virtual Learners, Motivation

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Rewards and Recognition

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 14, 2014 10:00:00 AM

This is the ninth post in a series of eleven which will examine how to motivate the virtual learner. The first post introduces the series.

Motivation Category 8: Provide Rewards and Recognition for Virtual Learning Participation and Success.

It feels great to answer a question correctly, and to receive positive feedback from facilitators and peers. Participants often don't expect positive reinforcement from virtual courses. Find ways to build in opportunity for tangible rewards and recognition - even for asynchronous programs. Ensure participants know that the time they spend in virtual programs is recognized as a valuable contribution to their professional development.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Management, Engagement, Virtual Learners, Motivation

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Management Mandate

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 13, 2014 10:00:00 AM

This is the eighth post in a series of eleven which will examine how to motivate the virtual learner. The first post introduces the series.

Motivation Category 7: Establish, and Enforce, a Management Mandate.

If potential participants know that management is behind a virtual learning initiative, they'll be more inclined to sign up. Get management involved by inviting them to record short "welcome" presentations for participants and encourage them to participate throughout the curriculum. Management buy-in can be extraordinarily helpful in getting participants involved and motivated!

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Management, Engagement, Virtual Learners, Motivation

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Organizational Support

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 9, 2014 10:00:00 AM

This is the sixth post in a series of eleven which will examine how to motivate the virtual learner. The first post introduces the series.

Motivation Category 5: Provide Organizational Support for the Virtual Learning Process.

One of the most difficult parts about learning at one's desk is the constant interruptions by those working around you. There is a perception that virtual learning can be interrupted - but the reality is that once a participant has been interrupted several times, retention fails and the chances that the program will be completed is dramatically lessened. If participants feel they need to work after-hours in order to complete a program, they will grow to resent the virtual classroom. One of the most important things you can do is create an organization where virtual learning is valued and considered a "Do Not Disturb" activity.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Management, Engagement, Virtual Learners, Motivation

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Establish Relevance

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 1, 2014 10:00:00 AM

This is the third post in a series of eleven which will examine how to motivate the virtual learner. The first post introduces the series.

Motivation Category 2: Establish Relevance for the Virtual Learner

Before requiring someone to take a course, communicate the reasons why the content is important to the individual and the organization. If the participants don't understand the relevance, they will tend to do the minimal amount necessary in order to complete the program.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Management, Virtual Learners

Getting Managers Engaged in Virtual & Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 12, 2014 3:02:00 PM
  • “I can’t let my manager catch me reading at my desk.”
  • “I don’t feel like I am working if I am learning outside of a classroom.”
  • “How do I stop getting interrupted for ’just one thing'? It will only take a minute?’”

I’m sure one or all three of those comments are very familiar to you. It’s a common lament.  Employees feel they are not given the time to fully participate in virtual learning from their desk; and when they try, they feel guilty or are constantly pulled away by their managers for more ‘important’ tasks.

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Topics: Blended learning, Virtual Classroom, Management, Design