Totara Recipe – How to onboard new hires effectively

Welcome to the first of our new Totara Recipe series!

We’re working with Totara to show you everything you need to cook up a storm with your Totara LMS and our first recipe is all about onboarding.

Onboarding employees can be time consuming and difficult. We’ve created a simple recipe that runs from the team introduction all the way through to the new hire’s first day. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to employee onboarding, but here are a few ingredients that can help.


  • Onboarding plan
  • Awareness: culture & values of the business
  • Team introductions
  • Compliance training
  • Mentor in the process
  • Access to systems
  • Open mind and inquisitive attitude
  • Social inclusion
  • Reporting mechanism


  • Build out the onboarding process with HR/L&D stakeholders
  • Share your video on company vision and values
  • Set up LMS compliance training prior to start date


  • Meet the team
  • Migrate valuable data/content over to your new LMS
  • Training at the point of need
  • Use gamification with badges, rewards or other fun ways of motivating your learners

Serve and enjoy!

  • Instant productivity as your workforce knows how to perform the first exchange right after they onboard
  • Efficiency as employees and partners to start to own tasks quickly or complete sales successfully
  • Increased revenue as once your workforce is onboarded you will have more employees, working with you for longer, doing a better job

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Download onboarding recipe pdf