You had me at Hello – Dorothy in Jerry Mc.Guire
The importance of a good start has been stressed for ages by the wise: "Well begun is half done" said Aristotle - and yet, come the time for new employee induction and most organizations get caught in the rigmarole of running the same routine new employee induction programs, with endless power point presentations from multiple business units.
“You only get one chance to make a first impression” said some wise man. So here are a few ideas that you could take for a test drive. Many of our clients have found these useful – you may too!
Core values are an integral part of the organizational culture. But how boring is it if you just keep talking about them. It often transports new joinees back to school or worse still Moral Science class in school. (P.S: Nothing wrong with Moral Science – except the way it is taught) What if each new employee could actually be put in situations where they get an opportunity to live out the values – through creating storylines and acting out roles in movies they shoot?
Our entire education system is currently very focussed towards recognising individual brilliance. In the work environment though, success often depends on being a team player. This mindset change from “ME to WE” is something that many fresh campus hires struggle to adapt to.
Mindsets though, don’t easily change by just someone saying so. One way to effect this change in paradigm is to put participants through Experiential scenarios where they come to the realisation themselves – that alone they can only achieve so much. But together, they can achieve a lot.
Through bespoke team based activities carefully designed per the cultural nuances of the organization, we craft this journey of discovery. How can a person new in his role exercise Influence without Authority is a good insight for someone stepping into a new organization.
We live in a VUCA world. 15% of the searches that happen on Google every day are completely unique. What is knowledge and cutting edge today, becomes stale in no time. So, one good way to set the context for your new hires is to share the stunning reality that everything that they have learnt in school or college will soon become obsolete. Why hire them then? Because of their ability to unlearn, learn and flex their thinking. So how do they go about flexing their learning?
By engaging participants in Experiential activities and situations that nudge them towards unlocking their existing mindsets, by arming them with simple tools that they can use in their day-to-day lives back at the work place, the onboarding program can be made much more relevant and useful for the new joinees.
One of the essential elements of an induction program is to ensure that participants get familiar with organizational policies, interact with key stakeholders and even get familiar with office premises. This is usually done through PowerPoint presentations or cascades which are not very engaging.
Induction Gaming is a powerful way to do the same thing in an experiential format. Armed with tablets and special software, participants work in groups to crack clues in a treasure hunt format, that help them gain an understanding about company policies, the campus and even people. Add some fun challenges that bring out core values of the organization, and you have a focussed and meaningful intervention that is fun for the participants too!
If some of these ideas resonate with you – do call us, we love it when you do!
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