The Perfect Recipe for Successful Onboarding: Mixing the Right Ingredients in Learning & Development

Kyle Rober
Training Specialist
The Perfect Recipe for Successful Onboarding: Mixing the Right Ingredients in Learning & Development

Imagine a world where bringing new employees into your company felt like welcoming long-lost friends to a dinner party. Everyone is excited to be there, they already feel at home, and the conversation flows effortlessly. The key to creating this harmonious environment is a top-notch onboarding process, with just the right mix of ingredients. As any chef knows, the secret lies in getting the numbers right.

Let’s dive into the best onboarding ingredients numbers and explore how they can make your new hire experience feel like a Michelin-starred feast.

1. 4 C’s of Onboarding: Culture, Connection, Clarity, and Compliance

One L&D professional at a Fortune 500 company says, “You need to think about onboarding as a recipe for success. It’s about combining the right elements in the right order.” Incorporating the 4 C’s into your onboarding process is essential:

  • Culture: Make sure new hires understand your company’s vision, values, and mission from the start. Share stories and examples that showcase your culture in action.
  • Connection: Encourage relationship- building among peers, managers, and mentors. Provide ample opportunities for socialization and networking.
  • Clarity: Clearly communicate expectations, job responsibilities, and performance goals. Offer a comprehensive overview of tools, resources, and systems to set new hires up for success.
  • Compliance: Cover all legal and procedural requirements and ensure new employees are aware of company policies, procedures, and standards.

2. The Perfect Blend: 70/20/10 Learning Model

To achieve a well-rounded onboarding experience, apply the 70/20/10 learning model to your training initiatives:

  • 70% of learning comes from on-the-job experiences, such as tackling real-world challenges and learning from mistakes.
  • 20% of learning comes from social interactions, like coaching, mentoring, and collaboration with colleagues.
  • 10% of learning comes from formal training, which includes instructor-led sessions, e-learning courses, and workshops.

“By leveraging this formula, we’ve seen a significant increase in new hire engagement and productivity,” shares one L&D manager from a leading tech company.

3. Timing is Everything: The Rule of 3

Don’t try to cram everything into the first day or week. Instead, use the Rule of 3:

  • First day: Cover the essentials, like workplace orientation, introductions, and company culture. The goal is to make new hires feel welcome and excited.
  • First month: Dive deeper into job-specific training, performance expectations, and collaboration with team members. Encourage regular check-ins with managers and peers.
  • First 90 days: Focus on continuous learning, professional development, and goal setting, while establishing strong connections with mentors and colleagues.

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It’s time to transform your onboarding experience into a five-star banquet. Visit Learnexus today and let our experts help you craft the perfect recipe for success!