The team at DIG wanted to re-imagine their Hourly Employee Orientation session, giving them a “wow” moment the day they start.
Built specifically for CIT’s (Chef’s in Training), we transformed the session from an HR style presentation into an interactive game filled experience.
The existing Orientation session was solid enough, but had a few issues:
Unused valuable time during paperwork processing
Valuable in-person time spent on tech support or having to turn people away if they didn't have everything they needed
Feedback embedded, but no knowledge checks
Functional over fun
Lots of information for one session
No Pass/Fail element
Only 1 video and 2 activities
Dependent on delivery by specific team members
Difficult to scale across the fleet
We created a “design hub” where our team and DIG's team could collaborate on the re-design of the session and surrounding materials using two of our favorite collaboration tools, Notion and Whimsical.
The process to get to our packaged session was as follows:
6 weeks to create V1
V1 pilot session
3 weeks further development for V2
V2 pilot session
2 weeks fine tuning
1 week packaging
The experience boiled down to the following:
Interactive introduction with knowledge checks using the time effectively while all participants have to go through paperwork processing
Part 1: Game arcade - 3 games to get people energize and engaged, all the while learning about DIG’s values, non-negotiables and uniform standards
Part 2: Special Powers - learning about what makes DIG special with slides, quick exercises, and video content
Part 3: Out into the real world - getting into the shoes of what it’s like to be a chef at DIG with an interactive taste test and “market line” (i.e. service counter) puzzle game
Part 4: the Grand Finale - a game show style buzzer lightning round to double down on the important learnings form the session, followed by a final digital knowledge check, prize and merch giveaway
Pre-email reminder + instructional content about what to bring and how to download the needed apps
Activities and reading materials taken out of the “live session” and created individual learning experiences with knowledge checks
Dense information moved OUT of orientation into digital resources as reference material with learning checks
Put the FUN in functional with Serious/Fun elements
Clear pass/fail expectations
Prizes with carrot cards!
9 audio experiences
5 original games
6 original videos in the deck
4 original videos as part of pre & post email content
3 original videos for the learning gym
3 data capture points built into the session
3 data capture points as part of the “learning gym” (a dedicated training space on DIG's digital learning platform)
Originally designed deck of DIG game cards
Completely original DIG “Flavor wheel”
Lighting round buzzers
The CIT Orientation session differentiates DIG from other companies, makes new employees feel part of something special, as well as acting as an alternative form of second interview where leaders can observe new hires in a more hands-on environment.
It's now rolling out to the fleet in its in-person guise - and plans are afoot for a digital edition too...