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Totara Recipe: How to onboard new hires effectively

Welcome to our new Totara Recipe series, where we'll be working with Platinum Partner Webanywhere to show you everything you need to cook up a storm with your Totara LMS. Our first recipe comes from Webanywhere's Philip Rushworth, and is all about onboarding with Totara LMS.

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

Look out for our next recipes using #totararecipe on Twitter.


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Webanywhere is the only Totara and Moodle Partner based in the UK, US and Eastern Europe. We work with some of the world’s largest companies ranging from Dollar General, Apollo Education Group, Zara, Dominos Pizza and Autotrader. Our learning environments impact everyday lives helping people improve in the workplace using the latest technologies, which ultimately results in improved business performance.

Since 2003, we have been creating immersive learning experiences for our partners, now used globally by over 3 million learners and 4,000 clients. We are a Crown Commercial Service Provider and G-Cloud supplier to the UK government.

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