After months of recruiting, three weeks of interviews, and one long final negotiation, the day has now almost arrived — Lisa, your new hire, starts Monday.
You’ve already got the day planned out — most of the week to follow, too. Team meetings have been called for introductions and time set aside for office tours. Your managers and subject matter experts have set aside time to introduce how your new person to every little detail of what she’ll be doing, how she’ll be doing it, and who she’ll be doing it with.
It’ll be a whirlwind for the new person — because of course it’s always a whirlwind for everyone — but you aren’t worried. She shined in the interview, she’ll do fine. And by hearing from everyone, she’ll know who to go to for any questions that come up or details she may forget.
And besides — it’s not like there’s a better way to onboard new employees, is there?
Over the last five years, a new style of teaching has been sweeping through schools and universities all around the world. The “Flipped Classroom” model is a simple technology-enabled twist on the traditional approach to teaching — instead of lecturing during class time and assigning students homework, educators are using video and other online tools to share lectures for students to watch before class time, then using their in-class hour for extended discussions, interactive activities, and more challenging assignments that take advantage of the fact that students can now come to the teacher for questions and clarifications while in school, instead of just getting stuck while at home.
It’s a teaching practice that’s really taking off — already now 1 in 5 educators are planning for flipping their classrooms. And that’s with good reason — flipped classrooms have been shown to improve the learning experience for both student and teacher, with demonstrated improvements both in students’ grades and their attitudes toward learning in general.
With so much success in academia, it was only a matter of time before flipped learning expanded outward into other learning environments — and found a perfect application in employee onboarding.
For new employee onboarding, flipped learning is a small change with the potential for big improvements in getting your people up to speed.
The methodology is easy and built on the proven model of the flipped classroom. Here’s how it works:
With the most important information in-hand ahead of time, your new hire can come into their first day confident they understand the essentials — and know what questions they’ll want to ask first to help themselves get ramped up in their role.
Flipping employee onboarding taps into your new hire’s own excitement and anticipation for their new job, creating benefits they’ll really appreciate:
Of course, along with helping your new hires, flipped onboarding also provides several benefits to your own organization:
Onboarding isn’t just training — it’s a delicate process of introducing a new employee to the culture and values of a company. To learn more, download our white paper, Make Every First Day A Great One, to see how video can be an easy way to scale your onboarding efforts, and to help you make sure your onboarding program is ready anywhere, anytime, for each and every one of your new hires.
And to experience how video can help your organization improve your new employees’ first days with flipped onboarding, contact our team for a free 30 day trial of the Panopto video platform today.