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New Hire Training Tips

Phil Cohen

New hire training is a make or break experience. As a leader, it is important that you make the most out of onboarding your new recruit. The more effective the training, the more likely the new hire will thrive in their role.

By this time, you are past the good interview questions and hiring process and satisfied with your choice of a new employee. Well trained employees are essential to the success and advancement of any company. So make sure your new employee reaches their highest potential by training them well.

To effectively train your employees, you must have a clear and concise plan. Below are new hire training tips to get you started in making the most out of your training process.

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5 New Hire Training Tips for Success

1. Create a Plan to Cover the Basics

When a new hire enters your company, they are likely to feel a little anxious. They are also probably suffering from information overload.

The progression of how you move with new hire training should be based on how well the new hire is taking in information. Start this process by identifying everything your new hire should know. This should include the company overview, company policy training, benefit packages, set up and so on. Once you have determined this, you can start a roadmap for your new hire.

Structure the training so that it begins with the basics and slowly but surely moves to the specifics. For successful new hire training, don’t pile on too much information at once. Slow and steady wins the race. Beware of information overload because too much at once can cause a “deer in headlights” effect.

2. Identify Clear Goals and Outcomes

Before you can make a clear plan, the goals of the person role must be clear. You must determine if the new hire training is working. This can be determined through set goals and track if they are being met. Setting goals provides guidance and directions but also helps your organization evaluate and regulate performances.

These goals should be both simple and complex. For example, if the goal for your new employee is to learn how to use a certain program, you can determine if they know how to use it by having them walk you through the process.  The goals set for new hire trainees should always be timely, realistic and attainable.

3.  Appoint a “Buddy” and Give Direct Sources

Another new hire training tip is to always involve highly skilled employees. It is important that your new hire knows the roles of everyone in your organization so that they know where their part ties in. New hires especially find it easier to adjust if they have a designated peer, or mentor, who does similar work to rely on for questions.

Allow your new hire to shadow that employee so they can have a hands-on experience. Seasoned employees should always share their expertise and knowledge with new ones.

4. Show Transparency

Transparency in any relationship is key, especially in the workplace. During new hire training, constant feedback is essential. New hires need to feel like they are in a safe space to give feedback as well.

As a trainer, you want to make sure you are correcting mistakes before they turn into habits. Be reassuring but also encourage questions, ideas and ask for feedback. For example, is there something you’d like to learn but didn’t? Is there something you’d like to revisit? How is the pace of training working for you? You can find gaps in their skills and knowledge while also finding ways to close them.

5. Offer Incentives for Goals Reached

As new hires become well set in their roles, they will begin to reach the goals you’ve set for them. Offering incentives like lunch outings and office parties make for positive work experience.  It is especially a good idea to offer lunch for new hires during the first week.

If a new hire has the chance to go to lunch with different employees, this will be a way for them to connect. Who doesn’t like free food? Also, as they begin to contribute more and more to the overall success of the team, be sure to recognize and celebrate the improved performance of the entire team and don’t forget about the senior employees as well.

Your overall training program will vary depending on the roles and the type of business you’re operating. Although the curriculum of the training will differ, the overall process doesn’t have to. Starting a new position can be stressful for anyone but as a manager or trainer, you can make that transition a lot easier by offering constant support. Follow these new hire training tips and give your newest employee plenty of support – in doing so, you’ll have them trained in no time!

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