Today’s post is a guest post from Erin Palmer – a writer and educator for Bisk Education. Erin works with University Alliance and the online education programs at Villanova University which offers an HR certification program which will help with the SPHR exam.
Well-trained employees are not only paramount for the success of a business, but for the development of the individual as well. Employees who feel confident in their new endeavors will likely deliver better results. A well-developed training program can help to create successful and productive employees.
Finding an employee that already has the exact skill set that your company needs is easier said than done. As a result, it is of the utmost importance that HR delivers a comprehensive training procedure that makes new employees feel comfortable and capable in their new environment.
Provide New Hires with Everything They Need to Get the Job Done
Having the best teachers and materials available will certainly make a difference in the way your new employees learn. Providing new hires with a quality instructor makes it easier for new employees to connect. A trainer can answer questions and help ease any worries.
Likewise, providing the right materials can serve as resources long after the training is completed. Make sure that any tools or programs that the employee will need are already installed before the person’s hire date. This will allow the trainer to explain how the tools are used and give the employee time to learn them.
Take Time to Integrate New Employees
A new job can be overwhelming. Systems and protocol vary among companies and can lead to some confusion in the beginning. Rather than just telling your new hires how things work, show them. Provide them with hands on training where they go through the motions themselves.
Also remember to make connections between what they are learning and what they will be doing. New hires may not get as much out of their training if they don’t see the immediate connection. By pointing out specifically how the employee will utilize something, you can keep them engaged and focused.
Personalize the Orientation Process
Everyone has different learning styles. Some may be more visual, while others require more human interaction. Ask your new hire how they feel most comfortable when learning new material, and then incorporate their learning style into the training. For instance, perhaps you notice that your new hire is a very social and outgoing person. If this is the case you can try incorporating group activities where they interact and work with other employees.
Try to fit the employee’s training with the position that he or she was hired for. If you train every employee the same way regardless of position, you aren’t making the most out of the training process. Tailoring the training process to reflect the most relevant, job-specific information can make the transition easier for the new hire.
Continue To Develop the Employee
Companies should always create an environment of learning. By nature, people are curious and want to grow. They want to learn new techniques, be more productive and implement new systems that will make them more successful in their endeavors. It is important to promote learning even after an employee is settled in a position.
Rather than just limiting training to new employees, consider creating ongoing training programs. Find opportunities to teach your employees about the latest news and technology in their field. You can use these opportunities to create an environment where more experienced employees can mentor the newer hires. Also, web-based educational tools are becoming more flexible and cost effective for businesses, consider looking into online training programs.
Follow Up With the New Hire
The best way to make future training effective is by seeing the results of previous trainings. Follow up with your new hires to see how they are doing once they are settled into the job. Ask them what the best parts of the training were and where they think improvements can be made. This will provide feedback to ensure that future training sessions are as effective as possible. It also gives the new employee the chance to ask questions or address issues.
When done properly, training new hires can create productive employees that will contribute to the success of a business. Take the time and make an investment in your company’s training program. Your employees will appreciate it!
What do you think, are there any new hire steps that I missed?