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With factors like housing prices, expanding technology, and even current events spurring a rise in remote work, more and more organizations are looking to move their onboarding processes online. 

While it can be complicated to digitize such a detailed and cross-functional onboarding process, Lucidchart can facilitate a smooth transition. Not only can Lucidchart help HR and managers educate and communicate with employees, but it’s also the perfect platform for helping new hires take the reigns in their new position.

Visualize and update your onboarding processes

The first step to moving your onboarding process online is gaining a clear understanding of your current onboarding process. In Lucidchart, you can create a timeline for a high-level overview of the process or explain your process further with a flowchart.

Click the templates below to get started with either option.

onboarding process flow
Click this image to open an onboarding process flow template

 

timeline for onboarding
Click this image to open an onboarding timeline template

Within your process flowchart, use swimlanes to clearly indicate which tasks hiring managers, HR, IT, and new employees are responsible for. Note important handoffs between managers, HR, and your new hire to ensure that individual team members are aware of what needs to happen before tasks can be completed. 

If you already have your onboarding process documented, make sure to update information as you move from an in-person to remote process, using Layers or special formatting to highlight any changes.

Share your updated onboarding timeline with hiring managers with the option to subscribe to document change notifications so they can stay updated automatically as changes are made. Use @mention notifications and comments to ask questions about specific tasks or collect feedback on your onboarding process. 

Create a single source of truth for employees

Think back to the first day of your current position—you were likely given so much information at once that you couldn’t possibly have remembered it all. With Lucidchart, you can create self-serve documentation that new employees can turn to as they are learning their roles. 

Provide your new employee with all of the information they need using easy-to-interpret visuals, such as:

  • Org charts that show how the company is organized and where the new hire fits in
  • Strategy maps and dashboards that visualize objectives, KPIs, targets, and long-term plans for your team
  • Process flowcharts with clearly labeled areas of ownership and dependencies
  • Network diagrams, data flow diagrams, and other technical documentation that gives IT and engineering hires an overview of how systems connect

Share your existing documentation with new hires and rest easy knowing that your entire team is viewing the most up-to-date version of your documents. With Lucidchart integrations, you can even place these visuals in familiar applications alongside your other training materials.

Track progress through onboarding materials

Your new hire requires constructive guidance as they begin to navigate your organization, particularly in a remote position. Without in-person supervision, careful documentation is a must. 

Lucidchart makes it easy for new hires to track their progress as they move through various onboarding tasks—and for team managers to keep tabs on their progress as well. Use Smart Containers, Dynamic Shapes, and formulas to create intuitive onboarding materials filled with meaningful tasks and directions that make it easy to manage the onboarding progress from both ends. 

Take this example from our customer success team at Lucid:

onboarding example with Smart Containers

Jacob Scoville, an associate manager on the customer success team, set up Smart Containers organized by category and filled with tasks that his new hires need to complete. Once the new hire has completed the task, they can move it over to the “Complete” column, and the status bar at the top will show what percentage of the training they’ve finished.

This document has a second tab that shows the specifications of each task, and many of these tasks are linked to courses in Bridge (the learning management system we use at Lucid), Google Docs so the new hire can actively take notes, and other resources.

task specifications example

The new employee’s mentor and manager have access to this document as well, so they can check the employee’s progress during daily syncs. And between syncs, new hires can use comments and @mention notifications to ask questions and stay connected.

Jacob says, “Several new employees have reported a greater level of understanding in their onboarding. They have told me that it gives them very clear outcomes, and they are able to fill their time with meaningful tasks without it being overwhelming.”

Create your own onboarding taskboard like the example above with this template.

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Help employees ramp up

It’s the little things at the beginning of the onboarding process that make a difference in your employee’s productivity and success moving forward. Lucidchart is the perfect space for helping your new hire set and track their first goals, organize ideas, and more as they settle into their role. 

OKR planning chart example
Click this image to open a goal planning template

Give your employee a chance to collaborate with other team members on meaningful tasks such as brainstorming sessions and strategy meetings, to help them assimilate into your company’s culture smoothly.

Use Lucidchart as a digital whiteboard where team members can come together, even remotely, for any collaborative project.

Lucidchart offers the organizational, creative, and collaborative features that can get employees off on the right foot as they begin their new remote role. Get your new hires started with our visual workspace now.