3 Steps To Streamline And Automate Onboarding
Several years ago, TraCorp was tasked with streamlining an equally cumbersome process: onboarding and automatically placing medical students from 310 different college-level medical programs into clinical rotations at 50 hospitals and lab locations across one of the largest counties in the United States. In addition, each student needed to complete the unique requirements of his or her placement, such as background checks, drug tests, shot records and credentialing. On top of all of that, whatever system we used as part of the solution had to meet federal privacy laws.
This project required collaboration between numerous stakeholders at colleges and universities, as well as the hospitals, medical centers, and labs where the clinical rotations would be completed.
In a nutshell, the goal was to onboard students, deliver standardized training, complete and document placement requirements and match students to open rotations.
So, how would you do it?
As complex as this project may sound, the process of addressing it was quite simple: find the pain, diagnose the problem, and heal the hurt. The steps are flexible enough to be customized to any project, so you can apply it to your next onboarding program, regardless of industry.
The steps below outline how we implemented this simple process in our complex project.
To complete the first step—find the pain—our team conducted an analysis to define:
As part of this analysis phase, our team conducted a series of interviews and focus group meetings with a consortium of schools, hospitals, and labs to learn how the current system worked, and how it could be streamlined and automated. The meetings lasted several months before all parties were interviewed. The most surprising observation was that no entity understood the beginning-to-end process.
After the current and ideal states were defined, we compared the 2 to identify gaps. Our mission was to determine what posed the greatest risk for failure in the process. We discovered the following:
After diagnosing the primary problems with the onboarding process, our team collaborated with multiple stakeholders to design and develop a solution to “heal the hurt.”
Together, we decided to extend our community-driven Learning Management System (LMS) by adding the vital components necessary for students, educational institutions, and medical facilities involved in the process. We aimed to:
In the end, the platform we built ensures that the consortium of students, schools, hospitals, and labs have a reliable and affordable method to match students with rotations. So far, over 29,000 students have used the system, completing over 367,000 hours of training.
Streamline Your Onboarding Process
As complex as this onboarding project may have been, the process of streamlining and automating it was simple: find the pain, diagnose the problem, and heal the hurt. The next time you develop or refresh onboarding across your organization—or multiple organizations—consider hiring an experienced vendor to help you navigate this 3-step process.