HR Managers & New Employees: Listen Up

Written by Bloomfire Admin

Starting a new job can be exciting… and intimidating. You’re entering an environment where some people have been there a few months and others decades. Regardless, they all have an immense amount of knowledge that will benefit you, and you need a way to access it.

In your first few days, you will most likely be stuck sitting through a new hire orientation, handed a huge (out-of-date) binder, and forced to watch horribly outdated and uninformative videos about your role at your new organization. Snore.

Some very interesting results came out of a recent study. The 2012 Allied Workforce Mobility Survey states that poor onboarding tactics result in a higher turnover rate and that it costs around $10,731 to refill those positions. Why not do it right the first time and implement better new hire tactics to retain those employees? I know, easier said that done.

Have no fear though. There are tactics and tools to help you. Creating current, engaging videos that can be accessed by employees anywhere, anytime (when they are ready to learn) can help you rope in your new employees and keep them onboard for the long haul.

Three things to remember when creating your new videos:

1.     Use humor.

Do something to lighten the mood to encourage engagement and build excitement within the individual.

2.     Get someone in upper management to star in a video.

Incorporating upper management in a welcome video will help the new candidate feel at ease and show that your organization really is a team.

3.     Keep them short.

Short engaging videos can be more effective than longer videos. You don’t want to lose the audience with a short attention span.

Bloomfire offers a solution to ease your onboarding pains. Our built-in multimedia authoring tools are your new best friend. The best part is, anyone can use them. Welcome to the team!



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