How to induct new employees into digital aspects of business

In the digital age we live in, it comes as no surprise that most aspects of the business involve technology such as computers as a way of improving efficiency in the workplace. Whilst this will include using applications such as Microsoft Office, many businesses will have developed their own software and systems to make their own operations easier to do. 

When a new starter joins the business, they’ll quickly have to adapt to these systems, so they can hit the ground running. This can often be a challenge and so, patience must be required. This is one important feature of being a good employer as everyone learns at their own speed. 

There are some ways that this learning process can be sped up naturally and we have all the answers for onboarding your new employees efficiently, so they can learn your digital ways. Read on to find out more. 

Dedicate a buddy 

Having an experienced member of the team there to help new employees navigate their first weeks/months can be a great way to help them feel supported as well as build social relationships within the team. 

It can also be a good idea for learning the computer systems and processes too as new employees will have someone to ask whenever they run into an issue.

Set up a meeting with IT

IT will be a major contact for any computer issues you will face, so employees should know who and how to contact should they run into a problem. The IT member can then train them on how to properly use all hardware and software, set up accounts and provide a USB to store their documents on as a backup

HR necessities

HR will be the first port of call for most admin responsibilities including receiving pay or receiving support, so they’ll need to be on all systems before they start. This will ensure there’s no confusion down the line. 

It’s also a good idea to provide new employees with a HR induction so that they have a chance to meet the wider team and be trained on using HR systems. 

Hold refresher sessions

Learning a lot of new information in a small period of time can be overwhelming for anyone, so make sure to offer regular retraining sessions within the first few months to help make sure they’re still up to date with processes.

As you can see, there’s a lot to be done to support new employees with their knowledge of your systems but above all else, you must be patient. It takes 5 months on average to fully train a new employee, so don’t expect them to learn overnight.