Why microlearning is perfect for onboarding

Posted by Natalie Donalds,

April 29, 2016

Microlearning is often viewed as a tool used to upskill existing employees, or to improve levels of knowledge in the workplace. Another highly effective application for microlearning, however, is in new employee onboarding.

Here are eight reasons why microlearning works so well for this situation.

  1. Doesn't Overload The Employee A new employee has to absorb a lot of information when they first join your company. There are a number of reasons for this, including your company’s legal obligations to the employee, and the fact that you want them to get settled and begin working as quickly as possible. This can be an overwhelming experience for an employee, which may result in them failing to retain much of the information. Microlearning can overcome this problem.

  2. Less Resource-Intensive The employee can go through your onboarding training and documents using microlearning with minimal supervision, which frees up your managers and HR team.

  3. Can start before they start You don’t even need to wait until the employee actually starts working before sending them the onboarding microlearning course. In the days or weeks leading up to their start date, they can begin working through it in their spare time.

  4. More effective use of face-to-face time You won’t be able go through all your onboarding procedures using microlearning – at the very least, that would be an impersonal experience for the new employee. That said, putting appropriate elements of the onboarding process into a microlearning course will make those times that you are face-to-face more effective and productive.

  5. Flexible instead of one-size-fits-all This is particularly important when you are onboarding more than one person into your organisation at the same time. If they go through traditional onboarding processes involving group training and meeting sessions, some might get bored, while others will be left behind. This sort of one-size-fits-all solution is not effective, but microlearning offers you a flexible alternative.

  6. Maintains enthusiasm When a new employee starts at your company, they are probably nervous, but also enthusiastic about the challenge and opportunity. Spending a day or more going through mundane onboarding processes can diminish that enthusiasm. By using microlearning, you can get new employees involved in fulfilling work much quicker, while giving them more flexibility over how they progress through the onboarding process. This will make them feel more valued.

  7. On demand so the employee can review it if necessary With microlearning, it’s easy for an employee to go back to a module or section that they need to recap, whether that is a few days into the job, or even a few months.

  8. Easy to update Microlearning courses are easy to update. Instead of changing full manuals, you can simply update the relevant module/s. If you use a mobile delivery method, the update will be available to the user immediately.

Microlearning is not suitable for every step of the onboarding process in your company, but it is a tool that makes better use of your resources, while ensuring that employees are not only happier, but also have the knowledge that they need to settle in properly.

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