Jessica Jimenez | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Creating a Better Way to Initiate New Employees: Post-hire, Pre-onboarding Online System

Jessica Jimenez, M.A. in Communication and Education

An onboarding strategy can help any organization improve their employees’ productivity and engagement within this process. Effective onboarding of new team members is one of the most important contributions any hiring manager or human resources (HR) professional can make to the long-term success of his or her team or organization (Bradt & Vonnegut, 2009). Many companies hire new staff and at times only invest a few hours through the necessary paperwork and introductions to the department staff prior or even on the new hire start date. As employees are brought into a department, it is critical that they understand the culture, business model and brand of the organization.

The purpose of this project is to create an online post hire pre-onboarding process for my department, one that combines different elements and resources to guide the new hire and even existing employees on their day-to- day employment experience. The process I will initiate on the online website will be a blended learning experience. Blended learning is a technique defined as utilizing various methods of training for efficiency, variety and increased retention of material (Munroe, 2011). Munroe (2011) states that by “enhancing the onboarding process using blended learning the new hire can reach full productivity much quicker” (p.2). By implementing a blended learning approach the department will be engaging the new hire and also allowing for different types of learning. Several varieties of learning styles are visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Within this body of work, I will focus and endeavor to promote a visual learning process for pre-onboarding.

At the moment, my department has no process in place. Prior to creating the online site, I sent several employees from various organizations a survey to complete through SurveyMonkey. The feedback indicated that there is opportunity for improvement in regards to onboarding activities within my department. The review of the literature will provide a more effective meaning of onboarding. The literature will cover various elements that impact the process of onboarding employees into a company, such as proactivity, socialization and manager involvement.

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