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How to Optimize Manufacturing Onboarding Training

With training new hires foremost in your mind for the next five years as more and more baby boomers retire, you - along with many manufacturing executives - will be looking for ways to optimize manufacturing onboarding training. Why focus on onboarding?

  • Because 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for at least three years or more if they experienced a positive onboarding process during hiring.
  • It’s more expensive to hire a new employee than it costs to train an old one in new skills.
  • On average, new hires don’t achieve a level of productivity that exceeds their costs until their eighth (yes, eighth) month of work with a new company.

It may seem surprising but, of all the companies in Canada, the ones who take particular care to invest in more training and new technologies generate the most revenue. So optimizing your Ontario manufacturing training for new hires is not only a good idea: it is essential to the wellbeing of your company.

Rethink the Way You Provide Onboarding Training


Corporate training is often pushed down the priority list because of its cost and time commitment. Putting employees in training means taking them away from work, which means lost productivity, even if just for the short term.

Employees often feel disengaged from training because they have to spend time in a classroom going over things they may feel they already know just to get that small nugget of new information. When certain training and certifications are mandatory they can feel more like “check the box” exercises rather than helpful paths on their career trajectory. But you can prove these assumptions wrong.There have been incredible innovations in workplace training in the past few years. Adaptive Learning is a form of corporate training that allows learners to do away with scrap learning, (lessons that aren’t retained by the learner) improving learning retention. Microlearning breaks long lessons into smaller, more digestible chunks. Gamification capitalizes on video gaming to turn corporate learning into something a bit more fun, while still effectively training.

Using one of these new learning styles will help ease your onboarding process, making your employees more likely to stick with your company for longer, saving the company money in the long term, and ensuring that you will have dedicated workers during the forecasted lack of manufacturing workers in the years ahead.

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