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5 Tips for Training New Employees

Written by: Abby Rosenberger
October 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Properly training new employees is just as important as selecting the right candidate. An effective employee training program ensures that new hires are prepared in their new positions, giving them confidence and the resources they need. A well-structured hiring process will ensure that new hires feel welcome and ready to make an impact within the company.

An effective employee training program helps contribute to minimized employee turnover, reduces costs associated with on-the-job learning, and saves supervisors time training the new employee effectively. This article contains five tips on training new hires.

1. Have a Variety of Different Training Methods

Everyone has a different learning style, so offer training content in a variety of forms. Training activities and materials can include: presentations, videos, formal meetings, manuals, handbooks, computer-based orientations, and team-building activities. Providing a variety of training methods can help to make the process more fun and engaging for new hires.

2. Take Advantage of Training Opportunities

While some employee training methods are deliberate and planned, take advantage of any spontaneous training opportunities that come about. Less formal interactions are often less stressful and overwhelming than planned, strategic training session. Give new hires some real-world experience, such as shadowing a fellow employee, or sitting in on a meeting so that they may ask questions as they come up.

3. Let Current Employees Help

Giving each new hire one-on-one attention while still focusing on primary job tasks can be difficult. Delegating some of the smaller training tasks training to trusted staff members can help to free up time for senior leadership to focus on their primary roles. While it is important for leadership to get to know the new employees, having the new hires spend one-on-one time with other staff members is important for fostering peer relationships among coworkers. In addition, giving staff members more responsibilities can help them to feel more engaged in their work community.

4. Be Aware of Skill Level Differences

Depending on their age, education level, and work backgrounds, new hires will have varied skill sets. This has become increasingly apparent as technology has become an even more vital part of most workplaces. For example, a less tech savvy employee may need some extra help with mastering the company’s computer system. On the other hand, spending too much training someone who already has a lot of previous technical experience could be time better spent on something else.

5. Have Some Fun

While it is important that new hires have adequate training to become proficient at their new position as quickly as possible, it is also important that new hires feel engaged within the organization. Socialization is a vital part of integrating new employee, and helps them to feel as though they are part of the team.

Developing genuine relationships makes employees more likely to stay with engaged with their work and the organization. It will also help new hires understand proper expectations, role clarity, build friendships, and foster an overall sense of belonging. By organizing a team lunch or company softball game, new hires will be able to get to know their new co-workers.

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