Hiring new employees for your business is both exciting and draining. While the anticipation of bringing new people and talents into your organization is high, there’s also fear of the unknown. How can you maximize the time and money you spend hiring new employees, and effectively train them for the job duties ahead?
Five Tips for Training Your New Employees
Every business has its own training procedures and methods, but when you cut through all the noise and flashy introductions, the focus is the same for every company. You want to give your new hires the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed. Here are a few tips to help you better to facilitate this process:
Use multiple people. You never want people to associate your company with one person. In addition to placing far too much emphasis on a personality (and not enough on the organization), you run the risk of misinforming new hires. While it’s okay to have a single person head up the training, bring in various employees, from all areas of the company, to give a comprehensive look at the entirety of the organization.
Repetition is good. Regardless of how qualified your new hires are, everyone benefits from repetition when placed in a new environment. If you have an important expectation for employees, don’t mention it once and assume it will stick. You need to bring it up over and over again, so it stands out as one of the key aspects of the training. Furthermore, remember that training isn’t something that just happens during the first week an employee is hired. Ongoing, repetitive employee training keeps your organization fresh.
Take a visual approach. The majority of people are visual learners (approximately 65 percent), and it’s important to avoid spending too much time talking or lecturing and not enough with hands-on, visual training. For example, supplying IT hires with video training is much more effective than handing them thick manuals and going over protocol line-by-line. After the interview process, you should have a pretty good idea of which people are visual learners and which are not, but plan for the majority of training to be hands-on and visual in nature.
Break up information. People have short attention spans and have difficulty absorbing large amounts of information over a single period of time. By breaking up training into digestible chunks, you can ensure that employees retain more of the information you give them – which is better for everyone involved.
Lighten up. Who said training has to be boring? Instead of intimidating or boring new hires with cold material and rigid guidelines, take a more lighthearted approach. By making training engaging and fun, you can establish your business’ identity from the start.
Commit to Better Training
When in doubt, remember that it’s always better to over-train than to under-train. Using these tips, you should be able to improve your training processes for new hires and better prepare them for the roles and duties your company expects them to assume.