When you hire a new team member or contractor, it’s imperative that you invest in the right training. Properly on-boarding your team and giving them the tools they need to succeed at your company will end up saving you a significant amount of time, money and energy down the line.
Here are 10 training tips for effective onboarding that will ensure that your new hires are set up for success:
1) Create a Training Manual
The first thing you’ll need to do if you want to effectively on-board your new hires is to create a training manual. A good training manual should outline all of the policies and procedures within your company that your new hire would need to know about – everything from how to submit time cards to the proper process to follow if they need to call in sick.
Housing all of this information in a training manual is an easy way to make sure your new hire has all the information they they need. It will also save you time – a training guide allows for your new hire to find the answers to questions they might have through the training process and early employment without having to constantly seek out you or one of your employees to explain things to them.
2) Partner Your New Hires With The Right People
While you’ll definitely want to have your hand in training each new hire that comes through your door, you’re likely not the ONLY person they should be getting face time with. Your new hire should get one-on-one time with the people and departments that will be a regular part of their work flow.
For example, if you hired an administrative assistant who will be handling correspondence for your team, make sure they get a sit down with all of your executives to review how they like their calls and emails handled. Or, if you hired a new graphic designer, make sure they get face time with your marketing department so they get an overview of your branding before they start designing.
3) Hand Out Contact Cards
One of the biggest challenges for many new hires is not knowing the appropriate contacts within your company they should be connecting with to get things done. While you’ll want to have this information in your training manual, it can also be helpful to print out contact cards that have the names, titles and contact info for the people they’ll be working with the most.
You can print out your contact cards on a standard marketing card. Just be sure to include your information, a contact in HR and/or payroll and any other individuals or teams they’ll be working with on a regular basis. Having these cards handy will save your new hire a lot of time in tracking down the right person for any of their requests, which will ultimately save you money by increasing their productivity.
4) Schedule a 30 Day Check In
Once the initial training and on-boarding period is over, you’ll want to schedule a meeting around your new hire’s 30 day mark to check in on their progress, how they’re settling into their new role and see if there’s any areas where they feel they need additional training.
Scheduling this check in will allow you to identify any issues or areas where your new hire needs work before they get too entrenched in a routine. It also gives your new hire the opportunity to ask questions and get clarity on issues they’ve encountered on the job after the initial training period.
5) Offer Ongoing Trainings To Keep Your Team Engaged
Once the initial on-boarding period is over, it’s important to continue to train and educate your employees to keep them engaged and up-to-date on new skills or techniques you’d like them to incorporate into their work.
Shoot to schedule quarterly departmental trainings and at least one large corporate training per year. Offering regular opportunities for growth and education will keep your employees engaged and excited about working for your company.
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