This experience got me thinking about the criticality of designing an onboarding program that is “mobile,” in that it is space agnostic and can easily switch between in-person and remote modes if required. While this won’t be easy to achieve immediately, we can plan a strategy comprising short-term and long-term solutions.
A Win-Venn Strategy
The short-term solutions will help address the immediate need for onboarding new employees during the current lockdown, and the long-term solutions will help to prepare for the future.
It goes without saying that the first and most important step is to review the existing onboarding process and identify training sessions and processes that require face-to-face meetings and those that can be converted to self-paced eLearning modules. Once this is done, we can create a comprehensive plan for both short-term and long-term solutions.
Based on the answers to these questions, the existing training plan can be restructured and expanded or condensed.
These apps, platforms, online meeting software are only tools that facilitate knowledge sharing. It is how we use them to share information and (most importantly) create a community that will matter most in such unique circumstances.
– By Rohini Gupta, Director – Instructional Design at MPS Interactive Systems