Onboarding a new caregiver isn’t cheap. But proper onboarding is essential for starting them off on the right foot – while cutting costs is definitely something to look into, you need to balance cost with overall onboarding effectiveness. In this blog from CareConnect, we’ll take a look at a few ways to reduce onboarding costs while maintaining a smooth transition for new workers.
Go Digital to Cut Back on Paperwork, Administrative Costs
If you use digital forms, employee handbooks, and other digital documents, you can save quite a bit of money on physical costs like paper, toner, and ink – and you can also reduce administrative overhead. Your HR team will have an easier time processing digital forms, in contrast to paper forms, which often must be manually entered into your systems. Going all-digital – or at least as digital as possible – can help reduce costs when onboarding new hires.
Minimize Travel and In-Person Training
Thanks to Zoom and online training systems like CareConnect, you can minimize the need for new workers to travel to your office for meetings, in-person training, and other such onboarding events. This makes things more convenient for new workers, and also allows you to save money on transportation and training costs.
Choose a Flexible, Self-Paced Training System
CareConnect offers mobile training that’s simple, self-paced, and available directly on a caregiver’s smartphone. Our training system allows caregivers to take mandatory and optional or supplemental training courses on their own schedule. It’s also an interactive and engaging eLearning platform, which leads to higher engagement during onboarding and better overall mandatory and optional/supplemental training to be done on the terms of caregivers. It’s also interactive, leading to higher engagement and retention.
Implement a Mentorship Program for Caregivers
One great way to simplify the onboarding process and ensure caregivers have enough resources to get started is to implement a mentorship program. In this program, a new hire is assigned a more experienced “mentor.”
Their mentor is someone that the new hire can turn to with questions, to learn things that may not have been fully explained during the training and onboarding process, and to learn things that may only usually be learned on the job. This helps increase employee retention and reduce turnover.
Get Onboarding Right the First Time – Minimize Turnover, Maximize Effectiveness
Don’t be tempted to cut too many costs or shorten onboarding just to save money. It may be tempting, but a comprehensive onboarding program means that employees will be ready to work effectively – and will have the support and information they need to do so.
However, inadequate onboarding can result in frustration, poor quality care, and higher overall levels of employee turnover. In other words, it’s counterproductive. Investing in your onboarding program and using a “measure twice, cut once” approach is the best way to make onboarding successful.
See How CareConnect Can Set Your Home Care Agency Up for Success
Our platform has the tools you need to simplify onboarding, training, and compliance, and our newly-launched Recruiting as a Service (RaaS) offering can also help you bring in qualified caregivers and expand your agency more quickly. For more information and to see how we can set your business up for success, schedule a consultation with CareConnect today.