This two-day workshop will explore:
- the benefits of onboarding
- show you how to design an onboarding framework
- give you ways to customize a program for different audiences (including managers and executives)
- demonstrate how to measure results from the program.
To start, participants will explore what onboarding is (and is not) and how it differs from orientation. Participants will also identify some of the business benefits of a successful onboarding program. To conclude the session, participants will discuss some factors for success and some issues that can lead to failure.
Creating the Onboarding Steering Team
This session will look at who should make up the team that will steer the onboarding program and what their role should be.
Gathering Supporting Information
Next, participants will learn what key processes, programs and stakeholders should be included in the onboarding development process. Participants will also receive a list of questions that they can use to shape the program’s vision. Then, participants will practice creating a vision for a fictional company.
In this session, participants will learn the six elements of a good goal, summarized by the SPIRIT acronym.
Developing the Program
The majority of the afternoon of Day One will be spent exploring the general components of the different phases of an onboarding program: pre-work and the first day, week, month, and year. At the end of the session, participants will classify different activities into each phase.
A Personal Onboarding Plan
To conclude the first day, participants will work on a personal onboarding plan for a fictional case study.
Customizing the Framework
To begin the second day, participants will create a full onboarding program outline for their fictional company.
In this session, participants will brainstorm what results they can measure to evaluate the success of their onboarding program and how they can gather data.
Branding the Program
Next, participants will look at the elements of a well-designed brand and how to apply it to their onboarding program.
This session will give a brief introduction on how onboarding programs for executives may differ from programs for the rest of the organization.
Understanding Employee Engagement
In this session participants will learn about the Gallup studies on engagement, and what they can do to make sure employees are checked in.
Ten Ways to Make Your Program Unique
A well-designed, unique program can be an ambassador for your company. This session will give participants some ideas for making their onboarding program stand out.
Fun and Games
Your onboarding program doesn’t have to be all work and no play, as long as employees are learning or building relationships while they are playing. In this session we’ll share some of our favorite onboarding and training games.
Case Study Analysis
To conclude the workshop, participants will review the case studies that they gathered for a pre-assignment and create a list of best practices.
In Person Training
The traditional classroom style of training remains our Most Popular and Most Requested format. On-site training provides participants with an in-person facilitator who will work directly with the team, whether for a single training session or a training series. The Mainstream team will craft and tailor your experience to ensure that your training session is specific, relevant and unique to your audience while meeting your learning objectives. Why settle for ‘pre-formatted, pre-scripted, one-size fits all’ training programs, when our team is able to customize a program that is just right for you? We know that every team has unique learning needs, situations and that they come from a variety of industries, each having unique customer needs and demands. Our programs can be scaled to accommodate time restraints, unique learning needs and even industry or company nuances and barriers.
Don’t settle for a program that gives you almost what you need; our team wants to give you Exactly what you need.
Delivering traditional onsite training results …virtually!
We’ve officially changed the rules and redefined what is possible in the world of soft skills learning. Our unique technology, accompanied by honed delivery methodology, have successfully replicated the traditional classroom-style training environment, allowing it to exist online.
Most online training solutions limit participants’ responses to keystrokes or to single person conversations because -with inferior technology- group discussions become distorted and confusing to follow. Our Virtual Room has eliminated those barriers and encourages learning through meaningful instructor feedback, skills modelling and engaging group discussion, without visual or audio distortion
The Virtual Room is for any organization seeking a flexible substitute to traditional onsite training; whether to lower costs, eliminate unnecessary travel or to simply ease the burden of demanding work schedules.
Lunch & Learn
A Lunch and Learn session is an onsite or virtual learning program with a facilitator-led session sharing valuable information and skills on an area of identified learning interest. It’s a great break away from a traditional training program, allowing your team the opportunity to learn while enjoying their lunch. Due to the limited time, the program focuses on specific learning concepts and skills. It is an interactive session that quickly targets and reveals learning objectives that are predetermined by the training organizer. Lunch & Learn sessions are also great as a training series, providing progressive learning programs for developing skills in a ‘bite-sized’ format.