3 Tips for Effectively Training New Employees
The start of a new job heralds a new environment, new opportunities, and new responsibilities. An exciting prospect to be sure, but also daunting due to the nitty-gritty details to be learned: What’s my specific role in this team? What am I expected to accomplish? What’s the office culture? What’s considered a faux pass around here? How do I handle it all? It is up to the employer to help new staff transition into their new positions. Effectively training new employees isn’t easy, but when done right, can ensure that the employee will be ready and willing to quickly make a positive impact on your team.
Training New Employees
1. Clarify the parameters of the position
It is important for new staff to know exactly what their job entails. This includes meetings that need to be attended, emails that need to be constructed, projects that need to be started, and the list goes on. How does an employee know exactly what to do? The answer is actually quite simple: Tell them! A company cannot assume that new staff already know exactly what their job is and how to do it. Having guidelines and contact information printed out and ready on day one for new staff will definitely help them to be ready to go.
2. Resources and technology at the ready
Set new staff up for success by having their computer completely set up on day one. At Multiply, we ask new staff members their preferred work operating system (Windows or Mac) prior to their start date. On the first day of work, their computer of choice is ready and pre-loaded with every piece of software they may need. Along with the computer, new staff are provided with a work email and an account on the company’s task and inventory management platform. After given a chance to familiarize themselves with the email and platforms, new staff members are asked if they need assistance or help with any of the above. Simply taking the time to walk employees through this initial set-up process will save them from hours of frustration and confusion, and have them raring to go as soon as possible.
3. Provide a mentor
Have your new staff members shadow a seasoned vet who knows the ins and outs of the position. True, not every company has the resources or time to provide a mentor for new staff. However, pairing new employees with seasoned company vets, even for only half a day, will jump-start new employees’ understanding of the position. Having the vet introduce the new staff to other members of the team will help the new member develop important, meaningful relationships and gain support. This will help the new employee gain confidence, and accelerate their integration into the workplace.
The first day of work is the most daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. By training new employees with the knowledge and resources they need to be successful, you are taking the first steps towards seamlessly integrating your staff and making your company a great place to work in.
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