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In today's increasingly digital business environment, an online induction system is a fundamental tool that can help you with successful onboarding and compliance practices.

What is an online induction system?

An online induction system is a digital platform designed to standardize and streamline the induction process for new employees, contractors, and visitors. This system can help confirm that everyone is promptly familiarized with the company's policies, safety rules, and job-specific requirements before they commence their duties. New digital systems effectively replace traditional face-to-face or paper-based induction methods with a more efficient, consistent, and increasingly reliable digital solution.

One of the unique features of an online induction system is its flexibility and accessibility. It allows users to complete their induction anytime and from anywhere, thus helping to cater to the needs of remote workers, part-time employees, and on-the-go contractors. The ability to complete inductions at their own pace also means users can absorb and retain information more effectively.

Online induction systems, also make the induction process contactless, thereby promoting a safer workplace. Moreover, they contribute to an evolving digital world by eliminating the need for paper-based inductions.

Below, we'll take a look at some of the must-have capabilities to look for when choosing a digital induction system for your worksite.

Why are contractor inductions key to enhancing workplace compliance?

Contractor inductions are more than just a box-ticking exercise; they are a useful element in promoting workplace compliance. They can help set the foundation for how contractors should act when present in your workplace and they can assist you in verifying that your contractors are familiar with and have agreed to your company's legal, ethical, and safety policies and standards.

For businesses, compliance goes beyond just following laws—it involves adhering to a wide range of corporate, legal and regulatory requirements, which vary depending on the industry and jurisdiction. These may include health and safety regulations, industry-specific guidelines, data protection laws, and ethical standards.

Contractor inductions serve as the first step in helping to make sure that everyone working in or with the company understands these requirements. A well-structured and thorough induction program can help certify that contractors are aware of the company’s policies, procedures, and expectations. It can provide them with the necessary knowledge and tools to perform their tasks while adhering to the required standards, thus helping to reduce risks of non-compliance.

Through the induction process, contractors are not only educated about their obligations but can also get a clearer understanding of the company's commitment to compliance. It can help foster a culture of compliance within the organization, where everyone understands their role in upholding the company's standards.

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What are the benefits of companies digitizing their induction processes?

Transitioning from a traditional to digital induction processes has many benefits, including the potential for increased efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and improved record-keeping.

Increased efficiency

Traditional inductions may be time-consuming, often involving a considerable amount of manual work. But digital induction systems may be able to help automate many of these tasks, assisting in reducing the time it takes to onboard new employees or contractors. They allow for a more streamlined process, freeing up valuable time for HR teams and managers to focus on other critical areas. They can even give a new employee a sense of the company culture and be tailored to make people feel more welcomed before stepping on site.

Helps future-proof your workplace

Implementing an online induction system can also help foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement within the organization. By providing access to resources and tools for ongoing learning, companies can empower their workforce to stay up-to-date with industry trends, regulatory changes, and best practices. This not only benefits individual employees in their professional growth but also contributes to the overall success and adaptability of the organization in a rapidly evolving business landscape.


Furthermore, digitizing the induction process may prove more cost-effective. Traditional inductions often require physical resources, such as printed materials, and may necessitate dedicated time from staff to deliver the training. A digital system, on the other hand, may be able to help reduce these costs by delivering the training online and automating the process.

Improve record-keeping

In terms of record-keeping, digital inductions can also provide a unique convenience. They can track and record each induction, making it easier to monitor completion rates, verify that all requirements have been met, and maintain a clear audit trail for compliance purposes.

Facilitate hybrid work

Finally, digital inductions are a key enabler for remote working arrangements. With more businesses adopting flexible and remote working, having an induction process that can be online is a major advantage. Digital inductions allow new hires or contractors to complete their training from the comfort of their own homes or any location with internet access. Digitizing the induction process can help offer businesses a more effective, efficient, and flexible way of onboarding new staff or contractors. It not only improves the quality and consistency of the induction process but also provides a better experience for the individuals involved, setting them up for success from day one.

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Key features to look for when choosing an online induction system

It's crucial to understand the key features that make an online induction system effective for your company. Below are some critical features to look for when choosing your online induction system.

A user-friendly interface

One of the most critical features of an online induction system is a user-friendly interface. A complex, difficult-to-navigate system can discourage users and hinder the onboarding process. On the other hand, an intuitive, easier-to-use interface can significantly enhance engagement and information retention.

With a user-friendly interface, users can navigate through the system with ease, access necessary information, and complete their induction without unnecessary stress or confusion. This reduces the time and resources spent on training and troubleshooting, making the induction process more efficient for both administrators and users.

Customizability and scalability

Every company is unique, and so are its induction needs. Therefore, an effective online induction system should offer customizability and scalability. Customizability allows you to tailor the content to suit your company's specific requirements, catering to different roles, departments, and locations. This allows your induction process to be relevant, targeted, and effective.

Scalability, on the other hand, allows your online induction system to grow and evolve along with your business. As your company expands, so should your induction system, seamlessly accommodating more users, more content, and more complex organizational structures.

There are a variety of different tailorable features to look out for when choosing an online induction system, namely:

  • Ability to include videos for viewing
  • Customizable content and forms
  • Ability for inductions to be site-specific or user-specific
  • Ability for users to easily upload documents

Mobile compatability

In today's digital age, with the rising trend of remote working and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, mobile compatibility is no longer just an added advantage—it's often a necessity. When choosing an online induction system, it's essential to establish that it's compatible with various mobile devices.

Mobile compatibility offers the flexibility that modern workers need. With an online induction system that works seamlessly on smartphones and tablets, new employees, contractors, and visitors can complete their induction anytime, anywhere. This flexibility is particularly beneficial for remote workers and contractors who may not have regular access to a desktop computer.

Furthermore, a mobile-compatible online induction system can help verify that everyone, regardless of their location or the device they're using, can access the same information and complete the induction process. This not only enhances accessibility but also promotes consistency across the board.

An online induction system with mobile compatibility can significantly streamline the induction process, making it more efficient and user-friendly. In the increasingly mobile world we live in, this feature can be key to delivering a smooth and effective induction experience.

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The Sine Pro mobile app can help provide a comprehensive solution for these challenges, transforming the traditional induction process into a contactless, streamlined operation. It allows companies to tailor their induction workflows to their specific needs, helping to improve the likelihood that all necessary training and documentation is in place before a worker sets foot on site.

The power of this software lies in its capacity to automate some of these essential procedures, helping to reduce the likelihood of human error and assisting you with enhancing workplace safety.

This is a new era for workplace safety and induction processes, one in which digital solutions are leading the way. As we navigate through these changing times, it's clear that innovations like these are not just useful – they are essential.

Experience the Honeywell Forge Visitor and Contractor Management difference and discover how it can streamline your induction processes by booking a demo with a team member today!

We are proud to announce the release of Sine Companies, an add-on that makes it easier to manage supplier compliance documentation.

Designed as a ‘next step’ for businesses using paper forms and spreadsheets, Companies uses digitization and automation to streamline manual, time-consuming processes.

Helping you create a safer and more secure workplace

Working with third-party contractors and technicians can leave you vulnerable to financial, legal, reputational, and incident risk.

From non-compliance fines to insurance liabilities, the consequences of working with a non-compliant supplier can be substantial.

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To assist you in improving your workplace safety, security and efficiency, Companies helps you:

Streamline supplier pre-qualification and compliance document management

Request and remind suppliers to upload documents, approve or reject your supplier’s uploaded documents, and store supplier files within the Companies dashboard.

Monitor supplier inputted expiry dates and automate email reminders for expiring documents

Make it mandatory for suppliers to include expiry dates for each document that they upload. Supplier status is automatically changed to ‘disabled’ if a document is not updated when it expires.

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Connect to Workflows and Core to help you enhance safety, security, and compliance on site

When you connect Companies with Workflows and Core, you can configure the software to -

  • ‘Enable Sine Companies’ on a per Workflow basis - configure set up to block entry to site for individuals employed by entities you designate as non-compliant or unapproved suppliers.
  • ‘Allow new company’ on a per Workflow basis - keep track of contractors from new or unknown suppliers as they complete individual compliance Workflows you set up.
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Your supplier compliance documents in one centralized location

Within the Companies dashboard, you can view a list of your suppliers, their company compliance status, and the documents that have been uploaded to their file.

Accessible from anywhere, at any time, with Companies, you can:

Ready to digitize and automate supplier compliance management?

See how Companies can help you close the compliance loop and improve efficiency. Book a demo with our team today.

Learning management systems (LMS) are playing an increasingly important role in helping businesses onboard employees and contractors. These applications are not just relevant for construction companies but any organization that hires temporary workers that need special training. This can include the logistics industry, office buildings, healthcare facilities, schools, and industrial or manufacturing facilities.

Employers whose businesses require safety training, education and onboarding have looked to a learning management system to house the learning process and its materials. Below, we'll walk you through the basics of learning management systems.

What is a learning management system (LMS)?

Learning management systems are used for virtual learning (as opposed to classroom-style learning). An LMS is a software application that handles the storage and delivery of educational courses and training materials. These systems also track and report on educational goals and milestones. In some cases, applications called competency management systems (CMS) are used for skills training and competency management, but these systems work in essentially the same way when they're used for adult job training/corporate learners.

When a contract workforce needs to be informed of a company's best practices, become more knowledgeable about their products, or get training on their systems before beginning a job, an learning management system can typically deliver this material at any time and on any device. However, a visitor management system like Sine takes things a step further to close the liability gap by confirming that they received that training.

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What are the benefits of learning management systems for employers?

Whether public health mandates keep employees out of worksite training areas or you have a temporary, hybrid, or remote workforce, you can use a learning management system to deliver company training materials to regular employees. A recent poll showed that 162 million people in the EU and US (equivalent to 20% to 30% of the working population) are contractors, so this educational application is more relevant than ever.

A learning management system can also allow organizations to send training materials to anyone, anywhere, and at any time so they can learn when and where they want (asynchronous learning).

Since a learning management system allows an employer to upload learning materials of all types - written, audio, or video - anyone from new employees to contractors to volunteers can learn. This material could include safety protocols necessary for being on a construction or manufacturing site, new diversity and inclusion initiatives and training that went into effect during the pandemic while they were working remotely, or any other company best practices. If contractors need OSHA training or other occupational training, a company or the temporary employee's general contractor can give them access to the material as well as tests, checklists, and certificates of completion through the application.

Types of learning management systems

The 4 different types of a learning management system (LMS) deployment options are:

  • Cloud-based learning management system: These are hosted on the cloud and often follow a software as a service (SaaS) business model. Cloud-based LMS vendors take care of system maintenance and performing any technical updates or upgrades. Users can access the cloud-based LMS from anywhere, at any time, using a username and password.
  • Self-hosted learning management system: These LMSes require software to be downloaded by the user. While a self-hosted platform provides greater creative control and more customization,  users must maintain the system themselves and often must pay for updates.
  • Desktop application learning management system: These are installed on the user's desktop. However, the application may still be accessible on multiple devices.
  • Mobile application learning management system: These LMS support mobile learning and are accessible anywhere at any time through mobile devices. This platform type allows users to engage with and monitor their online learning initiatives whenever, from wherever.

Learning management system use cases

Most companies use a learning management system to create standard employee trainings, but there are other ways you could use online learning to enhance your company's learning programs.

  • Employee onboarding: A strong onboarding process will set the tone for working at your organization and will lead to a more prepared and confident workforce. A learning management system can help you reach those goals. Organizations that improve their onboarding processes see an 82% increase in new-hire retention and a 70% increase in productivity. Onboarding is even more important for remote companies, as employees are unable to learn from each other in person. A strong remote onboarding process backed by a a learning management system can help make up for that knowledge gap and ensures employees are prepared for both their jobs and their learning paths at the company.
  • Sales enablement: Sales teams can benefit from in-depth product training courses starting from onboarding process and ongoing throughout their career via a learning management system. This can include the creation of webinars on product knowledge, customer interaction training and case study-based tutorials that use previous experiences with customers to improve future interactions.
  • Technology upskilling: According to a report by IBM , more than 120 million workers across all industries will need to be retrained or reskilled over the next three years to handle advances in AI automation. Online training programs via a learning management system are one of the most cost-efficient ways to help employees stay up to date with new technology.
  • Partner training: A learning management system can also be leveraged to train your company's partners and channels (e.g., resellers). This is a great way to enhance your partnership programs and provide more value to partners.

The growing importance of worksite learning technology

LinkedIn Learning’s 2021 Workplace Learning Report indicates that 73% of Learning & Development expect to decrease spending on instructor-led training and 79% expect to boost spending on online learning.

By 2026, the global online learning market is forecast to reach over $370 billion. While digital learning tools may only partially take the place of in-person learning experiences, they can be an excellent way to deliver training materials to workers. This is especially important in the new era of the hybrid and remote workforce and the rise of temporary workers, consultants, and contractors when extensive on-site training isn't practical or efficient.

By using Sine for contractors, in place of or alongside your learning management system, you can ensure your organization covers its bases when it comes to providing the right resources to employees and contractors, giving them more time to familiarize themselves with new systems and protocols, work on site safely, stay compliant, and sign liability waivers that they've read and understood.

To learn more about using Sine for contractors, schedule a demo with our team.