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Online induction tools, whats out there and successful ?


I'm working with an organisation that is seeking to completely remodel and relaunch a corporate induction. Its a challengeing project seeking to provide options to develope our new starters, locally, centrally and online. It's this last aspect that I am seeking some inspiration with?

We would love to really utlise the company intranet with a specfic portal geaared up for the development of new starters. We essentially have a blank canvas so I was wondering how or what other organisations are currently offering new starters online development? 

Its worth noting that this is a sizable company with 5000+ staff across multiple UK locations, very diverse and complex, just to keep things interesting!



3 Responses

  1. Flexible Induction

    Hi Louise,

    I’ve written a few Induction programmes in my time – all for large organisations, and based on my experience I’ve put together a short paper of ‘best practice’  that you are more than welcome to have. Just email me (click my name below), and I’ll send it over.

    BUT… None of the inductions I have written have used a significant amount of e-learning. Yes, on-line resources are referenced, but the programme is driven by the individual and their manager and tends to be very practical. This is not because people don’t want to use on-line learning, rather because when it comes down to it, there are often just too many barriers. For example, how do they keep it updated? What about new starters in remote locations who don’t have access to a PC, or those who are not office based (e.g Drivers), and of course there is the time and cost of developing on-line material.

    That said, I’m in discussions with a potential client about creating an Induction that DOES include an on-line element, so I’m very interested to see how this can be done well within a small budget.

    Sheridan Webb

    Keystone Development – Specialists in Induction

  2. Good LMS Page for New Joinees can help

     I am currently designing a new LMS. We have prioritized "New Joinees" and we have a website for new joinees. No non-PC users here….It has a welcome podcast from from the CEO,  Webex modules on company history, misson/vision/values, brief description of each Dept.; company policies and quality culture. There are also videos of our employees and testimonials from customers. Of course, chat with all Heads of Depts & all HR employees; link to the extranet blog. The idea is to help the new joinee spend half a day filling up his forms, read or listen to, or watch, or chat(multiple channels). Whenever, any employee has time to spare, he can spend time at the new joinees’ lounge(with pubic PCs).

    In my previous company, new joinees were seated in the Library. Its an easier transition for those coming straight from Campuses.


  3. Thanks for your thoughts

    Hi Sheridan,

    Thanks for responding. I agree there seems to many challenges facing online induction tools, materials or indeed even the approach to this.

    I would be interested in any research or papers written so please feel free to forward any thing that you think would be useful to [email protected]. Meanwhile I keep searching!

    Again thanks for coming back,




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