Written by Josh Cardoz, Principal Learning Strategist at SwissVBS. The original essay appears in Training Industry and can be accessed here.
Think back to your first day on the job. What was your most memorable moment? Was it learning about the mission statement of your organization? Or various semi-interesting factoids? Or was it the first friendly face you met? Or the first time you felt safe and empowered on the job?
In my experience, organizations dedicate countless hours and resources to onboarding, but so often miss the mark. Are we really getting the ROI we need, for both the business and the new employee? This is a considerable challenge for most of us as we transition to a learning culture that meets the needs of the Modern Learner. Onboarding needs to be a highly personal, user-driven journey, not a one-off organizational event. So how is this done?
As we celebrate this year’s Brandon Hall award for onboarding for our work with Continental, it’s been nice to reflect back on what made it so successful.
A compelling narrator? An iconic learning brand? Fast pace? Humor? Striking visuals?
Maybe a little bit of all those things.
From the Brandon Hall website:
"Now entering its 22nd year, the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is the most prestigious awards program in the industry. Often times called the “Academy Awards” by Learning, Talent and Business Executives, the program was one of the first of its kind in the learning industry, which was pioneered in 1994."
We are thrilled to announce our recent receipt of the Brandon Hall award for Best New Hire Onboarding Program. We are particularly excited by this as it was the result of a great collaboration with Continental, a a leading German automotive manufacturing company with over 200,000 employees and hundreds of new recruits every year.