Every new hire is a valuable addition to your team. The fresh ideas, higher productivity, and smoother workflow that come with a larger staff could potentially transform your entire workplace. Sadly, not all managers give their new recruits the attention they need to thrive. Here are some tips for training your new hires that will have them up and running in no time.
The Basics of Training New Employees
1. Set the Mood Before They Arrive
In order to thrive at a new workplace, your new hires need to feel welcome and appreciated. One of the best ways you can smooth their path is to talk them up before they arrive for their first shift. Meet with your current employees to explain who you’ve hired and why. Try to highlight some of their past achievements, and share some personal information (if appropriate) to build expectation. When your hire shows up for their first day and realizes their new co-workers have been expecting them, it sets a positive mood for learning.
2. Take It Slow
Time invested in training is rarely wasted. In fact, you’ll always get more out of a well-prepared worker than one who was thrown straight into the fray. Give your new employees time to get adjusted to their environment, their workflow, and their team. During this period, you’re probably the best candidate for the role of “tour guide,” as you may still be the only familiar face in the workplace.
3. Assign a Mentor
A fresh candidate will soon start to make connections with their workmates, but you shouldn’t leave it to chance they will get the help that they need. As soon as possible, assign an experienced staff member as their mentor, a go-to connection for advice and training. Remember, not everyone is cut out for the role of teacher, as it takes special patience to train someone who is relatively inexperienced.
4. Stay Close
Though the majority of training might be handled by the team that works closest with the new hire, your role isn’t finished. New hires require extra attention from management and their supervisors, and you should keep a close eye over all of them. Not only should you maintain an open-door policy with new recruits, but you should actively seek them out to ensure they feel welcome to answer their questions.
5. Be Patient
Within a short period of time – perhaps in just days or weeks – you should be able to accurately judge the character and determination of a new hire. Regardless, full productivity is a goal that will take much longer to reach, and you should try not to become frustrated or impatient during this time. While these times can be dramatically reduced by hiring employees who are used to change and skilled at adaptation, your attitude and training program are major contributors to success.
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