14. April 2021

Human digital twin: Productive onboarding for new employees

In many logistics businesses, the process of onboarding new employees leaves a lot to be desired. Human digital twin technology can lend a hand here. In this blog post, you will find out how objective data from real operations can be used to improve the onboarding process.   

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How the human digital twin can improve training for new employees 

The human digital twin is a highly accurate, digital representation of a human being. It is created through the continuous collection of objective empirical data on transport routes, times and scans. As a result, the human digital twin can help logistics businesses identify areas for improvement in their warehouse infrastructure or the ergonomic design of wearable technology. Onboarding and training are other interesting applications for this approach. 

The challenges of staff training 

High staff turnover, particularly in seasonal jobs, makes training of new employees a constant challenge for logistics businesses. Onboarding is a time and resource-intensive procedure that often requires the involvement of key personnel, who could be better used on the shop floor. But what can companies do to improve this process? 

When you boil it down, the key to a smooth onboarding process can be summed up in two words: structure and standardization. Without a clear structure, key personnel often find themselves explaining tasks and warehouse processes several times over or in different ways. This can present new hires with a confusing array of methods and procedures. The aim of onboarding should therefore be to train new staff to perform the main tasks in the warehouse in a quick, sustainable and standardized way. This is the only way to ensure they are suitably prepared and able to make a positive contribution in their new workplace. 

How can the human digital twin help with onboarding? 

The human digital twin can be a valuable tool for logistics companies in helping to design and shape staff training. Businesses can try out new approaches and adapt the process to individual needs by comparing the onboarding plan at any time to data from the human digital twin, which reflects an average warehouse worker. This helps them identify the pitfalls to be avoided when training new staff. It also makes it possible to address transport routes, movements and specific tasks in detail. This all makes life easier for new hires. 

The human digital twin also leads to increasingly standardized training. This helps employees learn clear and recurring procedures, while also complying with important ergonomic and safety aspects. The human digital twin highlights the most frequently recurring activities in the warehouse. These can then be communicated to new staff first and the onboarding plan restructured accordingly. 

Optimizing logistics with the human digital twin  

The human digital twin is an effective solution to the challenge of high staff turnover in warehouses. Improved training makes it easier for new employees to settle into their jobs, helping them to quickly become productive and efficient members of the team. 

As mentioned at the beginning of this post, training for new employees is just one of many areas where logistics companies can use the exciting new technology of the human digital twin.  

If you would like to know more about the human digital twin and how it could help your business, read our Vision Guide for companies.  

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