Create a Unique Onboarding Experience with Escape Room Technology
Your new hire’s onboarding experience can mean the difference between staying on or leaving within the first six months. Create something they’ll remember with escape room technology.

You’ve found one or more candidates you feel would be a good fit for your company. Now you’re ready to onboard them! 

Company onboarding typically follows a specific process. Many companies will take a couple of weeks to train and familiarize their new employees with the way the company works. Then, they’ll leave them on their own to figure things out. 

Following this process isn’t always a good idea. Studies show that 40% of people leave their job within 12 months of being hired. There are several reasons for doing so, like finding another job they like better, not getting along culturally, and not feeling loyalty toward the company. 

Current Onboarding Practices

Onboarding and orientation go hand in hand. Orientation is the first stage of the onboarding process where new employees get introduced to your company, culture, mission, values, vision, and goals. 

Most companies conduct orientation during the first week or month of employment. It can take the form of online courses, in-person presentations, and interactive events. 

Of course, paperwork is a necessary part of the process. 

Especially at the beginning of the process, most companies will give typical presentations to review policies, procedures, systems, and anything else the employee needs to know about how things work. 

In comparison, onboarding takes place over the course of a year. It involves setting goals with your new employee, and checking in on how they’re doing in reaching those goals. Companies should be focused on helping the new hire acclimate to the new environment. They should also work on keeping up employee morale and engagement.

The best onboarding happens when companies create a detailed plan and follow it with each employee. However, most companies only focus on the orientation part of onboarding, and don’t work on things necessary for retention.

How Those Practices Fail

Companies put a huge amount of resources into training new employees. Each new employee costs around 38% of their earnings to train, hire, and completely onboard. 

Imagine how much is wasted when the average company turnover is 15%. Research says that an employee’s decision to stay at a company is made within the first six months of working there and 86% of workers quit within that time.  Employee turnover can cost as much as 150% of that employee’s salary. Imagine paying that per person, and how much that can drain your company’s hiring budget.

Why does that happen? Why do so many people leave companies after only working there for a few months? Most of the time, it’s because of lack of engagement.

Companies need to set clear goals and expectations with their employees. They also need to show employees how to succeed in their job. 

Much of it comes down to how supported and encouraged they feel during the onboarding process. Instead of thinking about what the new employee is looking for, many companies are focused on how they can present themselves in the best light. They’re focused on how to format the information instead of how to best support the new hire and help them become engaged in the process. It’s about the company instead of about the employee.

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How Escape Room Technology Can Help You Engage Your Employees and Incentivize Them to Stay

So what can you do if typical onboarding practices don’t incentivize new hires to stay more than the first six months? If you create a memorable onboarding process, it helps new employees fall in love with the company and creates a sense of loyalty.

Using escape room technology like EscapeEd can help you engage your employees and incentivize them to stay with your company. 

Here’s a rundown of how you can use this technology during the onboarding process. 

Rely on Escape Room Technology for Better Orientation

Employees are bombarded with information when it comes to going through orientation. Trying to get through all of that information can be difficult. Research shows that when you’re bombarded with information, people are less likely to retain it. 

When it comes to learning company policies, this is a problem. When employees can’t remember things like attendance policies, safety procedures, and client data, they aren’t able to do their jobs. 

There are dozens of ways you can use EscapeEd to present company information. Using Escape Room Technology, you can use a meeting room or conference hall in your company to host an event. During that event, new hires will have to solve puzzles to learn about the rules of the attendance policy. 

For example, you can use EscapeEd to brand your company on the puzzles. One such puzzle could require employees to decode a word scramble that will give them the key to unlock a digital box. That box could have one of the rules of the attendance policy, and present them with the next puzzle to solve to receive the next rule, and so on. 

Use EscapeEd during different days to help employees learn your safety policies, attendance policies, benefits packages, and anything else you would present during orientation. 

Use EscapeEd to Help Employees Remember Crucial Company Information

Orientation and onboarding alike require employees to remember important information. If they aren’t engaged in the process, they’re less likely to remember what you tell them, making them less capable of doing their jobs. 

Going through an escape room with several other new hires is also a great way to osmote company culture. You can choose to explicitly outline what culture your company has, or you can set up your puzzles to encourage the culture you want. 

You don’t need to restrict using escape rooms to just onboarding. When your company implements new policies or changes systems, you can use the technology to keep your employees engaged during the training process. When they’re involved in a game, they’re also more likely to commit the new information to memory, and will be better equipped to implement it during their work flow.

Implement Regular EscapeEd Sessions to Emphasize Goals

Setting and checking in on goals throughout the first year of your employees’ time with your company is a vital aspect of keeping them engaged. You can use EscapeEd to check in on those goals, and evaluate how well you and your employee have done as far as achieving those goals.

One way you can use EscapeEd is to have employees create sustainable and applicable goals before they can move on to the next part of the puzzle. When you present onboarding in a gaming way, it will:

  • Incentivize employees to be serious about what they’re doing 
  • Get them excited about the process
  • Encourage them to think about their future at your company

Consider using EscapeEd to provide an onboarding experience your new hires won’t forget. Call us today to get an idea of how you can apply this technology at your company. 

Written by Ab Advany

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