Onboarding/Induction Research

I was recently reading an article on ATD about Executive Onboarding: How to Hit the ground Running by Cheryl Ndunguru. It made me ponder on this and while everyone in the workplace has a part to play in the culture of their workplace, it is in my opinion, the people with official leadership roles who have the power to make an enabling environment and lead their people back to a great place to work. So with this in mind, I am thinking of developing a small onboarding framework, which I may package up.

By definition, for those that do not know, onboarding is a process to assist the transition of new employees into an organisation. It is known that organisations demand high performance. Management expects the new staff to become effective quickly, to deliver positive results and to integrate well into the culture of the organisation. New staff, in turn, need to devote time to understand their new company’s characteristics (strengths and weaknesses, resources, challenges, and capabilities) if they are to be effective and successful in the role. Obviously, new people must also have the skills and the flexibility to meet the requirements of their role and they must also adapt to the new culture, forge connections and ensure that they understand what is expected of them.

In most organisations, new staff usually take over their predecessors’ teams – people they have not been involved in selecting. But the personal success of a leader stands or falls on their team’s performance. From my research, I have thought of a seven-stage plan on a successful onboarding program. This would be done in a blended approach to help with the connection forming. Personally, I would see this best done as possibly a team game based approach, with game elements of a scavenger hunt or a choose your own adventure (CYOA).

  • Preparation for the role.
  • Expectation management.
  • Setting the strategic agenda.
  • Creating the right team.
  • Forming alliances.
  • Developing the culture.
  • Effective communications.

I also created this presentation that may help for those interested.


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I love the ability where I can plan, prioritise, design, develop and deliver blended learning solutions for a variety of markets. I love to consult and advise about the best use of digital learning and improve design standards in line with evolving ways of working. I also enjoy to keep up to date with, understand and regularly recommend emerging technologies and practice to improve individuals, teams and organisational capabilities. With over 12 years digital learning experience and demonstrated experience in both instructional design and eLearning development, I have also a lot of experience conducting training needs analysis including how to leverage principles such as design thinking and root cause analysis to understand and address performance gaps. I also have led many facilitation workshops and even presented at iDesignX and Game Developers Conferences both here in Australia, Wales and in the United States. I bring loads of coding experience in Java, ASM, C++, HTML, JavaScript, SCORM and xAPI, as well as proven capability using Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora and Articulate Storyline 360 Studio authoring programs. Of course, Adobe Creative Cloud is also part of my toolbox which I also use daily. Being taught traditional and advanced 3D animation techniques, I love hand drawing and polymer clay sculpture, but can also use the Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Softimage applications. With strong multimedia, training and programming backgrounds, I understand modern learner behaviour including micro and social learning, I am very familiar with most LMSes and app-based (XCode and Android Studio), adult learning models and e-solutions. I also possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, whilst being pro-active in delivering work independently with minimal supervision, but enjoy working in teams. I've been told I am a resilient, relationship focused guy which can manage and navigate conflicting views and stakeholders/subject matter experts.

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