Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center recognized that their current New Employee Orientation, consisting primarily of PowerPoint presentations delivered by multiple presenters, needed to be more interactive and engaging. They wanted to shift the Orientation to be less presenter-focused and more learner-focused, while continuing to share information about each department’s role in the organization.
We determined which in-person talks were critical and which could be turned into a series of short live action videos that employees can access before and/or after the Orientation session. Using that information, our design focused on engagement, relationship building, and knowledge retention through a series of interactive exercises, changing the session’s focus entirely from the presenters to the new employees.
The New Employee Orientation went from six hours of passively receiving information to six hours of actively engaging learning experiences. Before and after the session participants access five short videos that introduce them to the various programs Virginia Garcia offers, while in session they:
- interact with exercises designed to support the Mission and Vision statements
- learn the history of the organization through a timeline activity
- participate in an interactive game to learn about and instill Virginia GarciaValues
An added benefit of the refresh has been the ability of Virginia Garcia to repurpose some of the newly developed activities in learning experiences outside of the Orientation, giving long-term employees a way to reconnect with the organization.
The Mission of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is to provide high quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving health care.