If you have virtual employees, you will need a system to onboard remotely, and eLearning is a good solution. The best part is that you don’t have to invest a ton of money into this – you can make employee training videos practically for free.
In this article, eLearning Partners share three main steps to onboard employees remotely via eLearning.
Step #1. Start With a Virtual Meeting
Before your team starts to onboard remotely, you should have a virtual meeting. This meeting should be about a half-hour to an hour and cover three important things.
Walk Through the Login Process
To start, you must ensure that your team can log into your eLearning platform. Walk them through the process and have them do it in the meeting. This eliminates any basic issues.
Go Through the eLearning Roadmap
You also need to go through the eLearning roadmap during the meeting. This gives your team an idea of what to expect so that they can prepare. For example, mention what courses they will be taking.
Explain the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of Your Company
Finally, explain your company’s core values, mission, and vision. Explain why you have these values and missions. This will help motivate them to complete the training, as they will understand the importance of it.
Step #2. Continuously Market to Your Employees
It’s a common misconception that you don’t have to market your course to employees. In reality, however, it’s more important to market to employees than it would be for an external course. That’s because you need the high engagement rates that come with successful marketing. Without effective marketing, your engagement rates will tank and do so quickly.
One great method of marketing your eLearning training is via email. Ideally, you want to email employees three to five times every week. These emails don’t have to be long, but they should be consistent.
Use the emails to highlight the biggest challenges that your employees likely have and how the eLearning course will solve them. Include a CTA to log into the program. This is part of creating a habit of turning to the course for any questions while they onboard remotely.
Internal Communication Channel
Take the same content from the emails and include it in your team’s internal communication. Whether this is Microsoft Teams, Slack, or something else, include it there.
Step #3. Have Virtual Check-in Meetings
The third step is having more virtual meetings to check your team’s progress. Importantly, these should be employee-led, as that maximizes engagement. The employees will say what they’re doing well and where they are struggling. Encourage them to share areas they struggle with, both with the eLearning process and material.
Of course, the meeting also allows you to answer any questions your employees have. But don’t just wait for your employees to mention questions. Be proactive and ask probing questions. You want to ensure that your new employees resolve their issues via the eLearning program.
An eLearning program to onboard remotely can streamline and automate the process. For a successful onboarding process, have a virtual meeting before new employees start the training, market the program, and have virtual meetings to check in.
About eLearning Partners
eLearning Partners — is a company specializing in eLearning founded by Hector Simoudis and Jonny Havey. Over the last eight years, eLearning Partners has and continues to successfully deploy eLearning products 7x faster than the industry average with an 80% learner engagement — all due to our exceptional focus on the Learners and their needs. The company’s clients range from small to mid-sized organizations that are looking to develop & launch their eLearning products — online courses, employee training, and entire Internal Universities.