Can New Employee Onboarding Be Simple and Save You Money?

By: Carrie McFarland on August 21, 2018


Unless you look at tax laws and think "pff, child's play!" you're probably looking to make things in your life a bit easier. We can help, by helping you make onboarding new employees simple in three ways. Don't worry, we're also going to explain how you'll save money while we're at it. 


Expanding your business is as challenging as it is rewarding. If you read our e-book on How To Maintain Brand Consistency While Growing Your Restaurant, you understand how important people are to your brand. John Hall, a contributor for Forbes, reiterates how your people "humanize your brand." A solid, consistent, modern learning program ensures your people are on the same page. Having training modules for SOP's and best practices accessible from any computer in your network reduces training time, cuts travel expenses for in-person trainers and ensures everyone receives the same material. Beyond onboarding for new hires, elearning creates smoother transfers. Utilizing identical programs across multiple sites makes it easier for employees to transfer from one location to another. Post-transfer, the employee will require only minimal training to get up to speed with new coworkers.     


Traditional training programs require excessive use of paper for manuals, tests, certificates of completion, etc. Mobile learning reduces waste. Millennials care deeply about where their money goes, and prefer companies that stand for more than just their product or service. Millennials want to support companies that care about the environment. Adopting a policy to reduce waste by utilizing paper-free, mobile programs says, to your consumers, you care and you're willing to take the necessary steps to protect what they care about. Adding "environmentally friendly" to your brand goes a long way in attracting earth-conscious customers. Need more incentive? Consider the money you'll save not buying printer paper and ink cartridges. In his article about small businesses, John Papiewski breaks down the cost of printing one page, estimating the price at just under $2.50. Multiply that by fifty pages or so for a single training manual. We don't want to scare anyone so we won't finish the math here, but you can see how it adds up quickly. 


With mobile learning, individuals progress at their pace. Not everyone learns the same way, or at the same speed. Elearning programs provide an excellent platform for multiple learning styles. Video and reading are ideal for visual learners, while sound, accompanying videos, or a recorded voice reading information aloud aids audio learners. For kinesthetic learners, interactive modules help with comprehension and retention. In a traditional, classroom-style learning environment, visual or hands-on learners may feel left out, listening to an instructor read verbatim from a manual. Also, in a classroom, faster learners may lose interest if the pace is too slow, where some trainees may require more time to absorb information. Mobile learning allows any employee, regardless of their learning style, to train at their own pace. Quizzes, scheduled throughout modules, make certain the trainee is retaining what they've learned. Tests, with a minimum, required passing grade, see to it the employee knows the information prior to moving on to a new course.

These are only a few examples of how mobile learning makes onboarding more convenient and cost-effective. 

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