How to Develop a Robust Training Program for New Employees

Getting new employees up to speed and productive as soon as possible is a key part of hiring success. If you don’t have a well-designed training plan, now’s the time to create one. This will enable your new hires to learn quickly, get their heads in the game faster, and stay motivated in those first few weeks and months on the job. To help you create a robust training program for your new hires, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

How Can You Develop a Robust Training Program for New Employees?

Align training with each position.

Training won’t be the same for every role. It’s why reviewing the job description is good place to start when you’re creating a training plan for a specific new hire. This will enable you to identify the specific areas and processes where they need to be trained. It will also help to determine potential challenges and risks that can come with the role, so you can educate the new hire about overcoming them.

Create effective training materials.

Not everyone learns in the same way, and it’s therefore important to have a range of different mediums available for employee training. This can include videos, how-to articles, webinars, lunch-and-learns, and orientations with other new hires. You can also consider pairing your new employees with seasoned team members who can provide additional guidance and answers to questions.

Assign the job of training to qualified individuals.

Not everyone is right for the role of trainer. It’s important to have more than just subject matter expertise, but also an understanding of how to communicate with and educate people. In addition, trainers should be able to clearly explain standard operating procedures, or SOPs, new hires need to know about, along with goals and expectations.

Use technology and automation.

There are many tech tools that can make the process of training new people easier. For instance, offer computer security training via an online, interactive video and simple quiz afterward instead of an hour-long presentation. Likewise, put as much of the “paperwork” as possible online, so new hires can easily complete forms at a time that is convenient for them.

Clarify expectations.

During the training process, make sure each new employee understands what is expected from them during those first few weeks and months on the job. Set goals and align them with deadlines, so your new hire can ease into the culture with an understanding of what they are responsible for and when.

Focus on continuous training.

Training shouldn’t simply be for new hires. It should be for all employees. This can help you to keep your team engaged and motivated, all while learning new skills that positively impact the company. It also reduces the risk of mistakes and improves compliance with safety rules and regulations, further boosting bottom-line results.

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