Agile Onboarding Accessible and Engaging

  • Business, Technology, Planning

What is Onboarding?

Onboarding is the first interaction with a new employee. Done well, it gives the employee the tools they need to integrate into the organizations culture and become productive in their new role. Onboarding also takes place when roles change within an organization or when employees are promoted to new departments or a new location. New Facilities require onboarding as technology upgrades often take place concurrently.

Why is Onboarding important?

Plain and simple, onboarding done well allows the organization to retain new hires. Statistics from SHRM’s most recent onboarding study states nearly half of all hourly workers leave new jobs within the first four months and half of outside senior hires fail within 18 months. 1

What is automated Onboarding?

Automated onboarding means no paper. Portals are made available to new hires where they can access key onboarding documents necessary to perform their new tasks. These paperless documents can be in many different formats such as interactive video, Power Point presentations, and automated forms. Qualitative benefits of automated onboarding include1:

  • Improved New Hire Engagement

  • Enhanced Human Resources (HR) Productivity

  • Increased New Hire Productivity

  • Increased Retention Rates

  • Task Management and Process Improvement

Onboarding ROI?1

To establish the return-on-investment, one can look at the possible returns for a hypothetical company with 200 employees. Assuming average turnover and growth, the cost of onboarding new employees manually is approximately $102,000 per year. By automating the onboarding process, the costs came down to $22,000 per year. This sample company realized a return on investment of more than $79,000 per year!1

The power of video in Onboarding

A key enabler in automated onboarding is the use of interactive video. From a welcome message by the CEO to detailed explanations of tasks. Video has been proven to increase retention by 52%2. This can translate into employees becoming productive in half the time. Employee satisfaction increases as does their loyalty to the company.


2Visible Learning by John Hattie