6 Ways to Create Successful Online Orientations in 2021

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In hazardous industries like construction, and oil and gas, worksite orientations are critical to protecting both your employees and your business. Employee orientations sound simple enough, but in reality, it requires careful design and execution to be effective. All businesses are dynamic and ever-changing, due to a diverse cast of employees with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge. Owing to this diversity, one-size-fits-all orientations cannot meet the needs of every employee. For this very reason, many companies have switched to online delivery for their job site orientations.
 
If you are ready to take training to the next level, consider these steps to make your online orientation successful in 2021!

1. Make it Universally Accessible

Today, many companies have already moved to mobile-friendly, digital worksite orientations. Digital online orientations not only allows for training to be completed anywhere and anytime, but it provides you the freedom to create a more engaging, specialized, and easier to manage training document.
 

2. Have Self-Registration

Depending on how registration for orientation is managed, it can be a real hassle that may require new employees calling in, filling out paperwork that needs to be filed, or in-person meetings. Not anymore, as managing registration digitally eliminates these headaches by allowing new employees to self-register online. This convenience of self-registration is faster and requires less logistical and administrative work for the company.

3. Keep Leadership Connected

Moving worksite training online also allows all leaders, whether it be the safety manager or the CEO the ability to communicate with new hires and visitors when you conduct orientations. If you ever need to revise or update forms, having these in a digital format allows for this to be completed with ease. This ability to be easily updated allows you to keep everyone in the loop with orientations.
 

4. Remember Why Training is Important

All training material should be designed for participants of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. You want new hires to be engaged and ready to succeed before they begin work. So, prepare training that transfers knowledge and guidance to everyone.
Going digital does not mean that simple slides and photos are not sufficient. Remember not to overcomplicate it by including costly videos to produce high-quality training. Avoid using acronyms and jargon, as this can be challenging for new employees to understand. Separate the material into key topics and be clear on what the employee should expect to learn in each section. Their safety, and your business, depend on it.

5. Capitalize on Digital Forms

Paperwork during orientation can be tedious and take time away from your employees that could be spent on other tasks. This is no longer an issue, as online training includes digital forms that eliminate the paperwork part of orientation by switching to digital forms that are instantaneously stored and accessible for Human Resources to organize.
 

6. Confirm Participation

Worksite safety is a serious matter. With digital orientations, you can ensure new hires are the correct person and they are engaged in the subject matter that may save their lives one day. Virtual proctoring lets you confirm that participants are paying attention to the orientation and not just skipping through the videos or subbing in a friend to do the work for them.

In Summary

Worksite orientations are critical to the successful on-boarding of your new hires and to the safety of all your employees. Switching to online training makes everything more effective. With these six steps, your company orientations will be safer and more successful.

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