Welcome new employees: New course on inclusive onboarding

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Hiring? How exciting!

You’ve taken the time to find the right candidate, get the papers signed, and boom! A new employee is joining the team! The process sounds pretty straightforward, right? Unfortunately, most of us know it’s not quite that simple or easy. Onboarding takes weeks, if not months, and it has the potential to leave your future employee feeling excluded and frustrated if your communication isn’t on-point. Even worse, this is the case with most applicants. Only 12% of new hires are satisfied with the onboarding process.

The broad onboarding gap

There’s a general misconception that onboarding is what happens between hiring and joining. In reality, there’s a longer distance to be traveled.

Onboarding isn’t simply the process that picks up where hiring drops off. While hiring is about finding the right candidate for the vacancy, onboarding ensures that candidate feels welcomed and supported in their new role and community. Onboarding should, ideally, shape the way you hire. Recruitment is curated to attract the right fit and reflect your company culture positively to potential employees – to give them a preview of what it’s like to work with you. This means that hiring isn’t the origin of onboarding, but should already be reinforcing what onboarding will be like. Similarly, joining the team isn’t the final destination.

You may feel that your Day 1 tasks are the last stop for HR during the onboarding process. Once you’ve given your new employee a quick run-down of their day-to-day job, get them their logins and tour, the introduction is complete and the new employee is safely in the hands of their new department.

However, any employee can only be considered successfully onboarded when they are fully, well, onboard! This requires easing them into the job, the larger picture, work culture, and company policies, usually over the course of a few weeks as they get settled in. Insufficient information, lack of proper communication, timeliness, or limited accessibility will all widen the onboarding gap. When we bridge this gap, we create an accessible and equitable space for new employees to feel connected with their new team. The more included they feel, the easier and quicker their integration into the business.

At PowerUp, we want to help modern-day recruiters make a case for their company culture from the minute the candidate accepts your offer. After all, the first impression is the last impression. Our course on inclusive onboarding will help you make the right impression by creating an immaculate employee onboarding experience for your newcomers.

Set up a process that makes lives easier for everyone—the employer, the HR, and the employee – just a click away.

What does the course cover?

Here’s the short answer: Everything you need to know about inclusive onboarding.

Long answer: Practical exercises to help you become every new hire’s dream company. We’ve divided the art of inclusive onboarding into six simple and fun modules to facilitate easier learning:

Module 1: Onboarding Basics — Before we can onboard more efficiently, we need a 360-view of the employee onboarding experience first. Learn about what comprises the onboarding process and why inclusivity is all the rage. Packed with statistics and high-level goals, you’ll understand onboarding up-close like never before. This module prepares a foundation for the implementation of the next steps.

Module 2: Building an onboarding process — This is where the work begins! Everything from the offer letter to the orientation checklist, we show you each step along the way and how to perfect it. In this module, you will also learn key factors that make or break the inclusive onboarding setup.

Module 3: Onboarding tips — In this module, we look at onboarding tips for traditional and non-traditional business models both. The future of work is remote – how would a recruiter ensure seamless employee integration in a remote or hybrid setup? We have a ton of insider secrets to spill on inclusive onboarding tips.

Module 4: Overview and key takeaways — A quick revision of everything we have discussed so far, along with questions for a recruiter. With the information they now have, the recruiter is ready to take their game up a couple of notches. This is also where you’ll reflect and be able to locate the problems you’ve had so far.

Resources — Once you have identified the problems, you need solutions. We provides you with an easy-to-follow and effective onboarding template created by experts to enhance recruitment quality. At the end of this course, you’ll download and customize our handy resource as per your requirements.

The result: a comprehensive and all-encompassing inclusive onboarding master sheet, made just for you.

Final assessment — It’s time to put the new order into action. The final module includes a post-course survey along with more self-reflective questions to further foolproof your new strategy.

Each module is designed to build on the one before it, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to review at your own pace. Regular quizzes and questionnaires in each module will help perfect each lesson as they go. At PowerUp, you’ll find a vibrant and engaged community to share your ideas and exchange these newly acquired lessons. We grow faster when we grow together!

Why take the course?

The Inclusive Onboarding course is useful for any recruiter looking to create a pitch-perfect employee onboarding experience. It will help you:

  • Recognize the gap in your onboarding process.
  • Create a more inclusive, empathetic, and accessible protocol for new hires.
  • Access useful resources and the right templates for the perfect employee onboarding experience.

By the end of this course, recruiters should be able to tailor a smooth, seamless, and swift onboarding procedure, helping both the employee and the employer. Not only is this a great addition to your skillset, but you’ll receive a certificate of completion!

Meet your instructor

Amanda Imperial is the senior director of PowertoFly’s global HR operations. Her experience spans well over 15 years with a rich track record of managing talents and their needs across various industries. Through her work, Amanda has successfully established HR protocols and procedures that promote the employer as well as the employee’s interests and well-being. With this course, Amanda blends her expertise and experience to help recruiters create more employee-friendly hiring and onboarding processes.

Is this course for you?

Although hiring and onboarding are primarily HR responsibilities, this course has utility for professionals outside the HR department as well. Employers, managers, and the board — essentially anyone involved in the onboarding process — should learn how to make an inclusive onboarding process to ease their employees into the new job.

Even job seekers can benefit from the course, as we take them through the core areas and questions one should inquire about prior to joining.

Ready to start learning?

PowerUp is the place to be for anyone who wants to realize their fullest potential as a professional. You’ll find the right resources, tools, workshops, and mentors here, along with a robust community bustling with ambitious learners.

Our skills-first learning framework not only aims to educate but also enables a learner to practice their learning in real-time.

Whether you’re looking to amplify your skillset, grow as a leader, or make your next career move, PowerUp is here to guide you throughout your journey.

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