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Top Tips for Training New Employees

Onboarding a new hire may sound easy in theory. But in practice, there are many essential steps and considerations in the process. If you want to ensure your recent hires stay on track, retain pertinent information, and seamlessly mesh with their coworkers, review these tips for training new employees. We hope these tips help you set your new team members up for success!

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Establish an Onboarding Procedure

Before you even begin prospecting for new employees, it’s important to have a structured onboarding procedure in place. This way, you won’t have to scramble to create an onboarding process at the last minute. Plus, you’ll feel more confident in effectively transitioning employees into the company. Note that onboarding should begin the day the individual accepts the position—not their start date.

Here are some key steps your onboarding procedure should include:

  • Send the new hire pre-start date information, such as the office address, HR forms, and the company handbook.
  • Prepare the office for the new hire’s arrival by notifying employees and setting up their desk.
  • Create a structured first-day schedule to make a great first impression.
  • Design a training program to get your new hire up-to-speed.

These are just a few key points your onboarding process should include. To learn more about creating an effective onboarding procedure, view our blog, The Ultimate Employee Onboarding Checklist!

Create a Structured Training Program

How can a new hire learn how to complete their job without proper training? You should create a training program that touches on key aspects of the company, such as workplace culture, your mission, and values. You might also teach them how to operate necessary computer systems and inform them of company processes such as how to request PTO, chain of command, and more.

However, you also need to train the new employee to complete the day-to-day tasks of their role. Here are some questions that can help you develop specialized training content:

  • What are your goals for the new hire?
  • Do they require certain licenses or certifications to work in this position?
  • Do they need to develop specific skills, such as negotiation skills or selling skills?
  • Do they require hands-on training for their job, or will virtual training suffice?

View our blog, How to Create an Effective Training & Development Process to learn more!

Don’t Overload Them

Between the excitement of switching jobs, meeting an entirely new team, and learning novel information, it can be a lot for your new employee to take in. Information overload can induce stress and prevent them from retaining key information. To prevent this, make the transition relatively slow. In fact, it will likely take at least a week for your new hire to begin grasping the role. After 90 days, they should be in full swing. Be patient and flexible throughout this process to make your hire more comfortable.

Assign Tasks with Peers

One of the best ways to help your new employees form relationships with their coworkers is by assigning group or partner tasks as part of your onboarding training. This will give them a chance to naturally interact and make them feel more comfortable asking questions when they need assistance. The onboarding phase is crucial for fostering teamwork in both your new and current employees!

Make Time for Daily Check-Ins

It’s important to check on your new hire every day, at least within the first week. While this may seem excessive, daily check-ins ensure that they’re not lost or unsure of what they should be doing. It will ensure they don’t feel forgotten about as they’re still acclimating to their job.

Daily check-ins are beneficial to you, as their superior, as well. They can help you develop a greater relationship with the employee and gauge if your onboarding training is running smoothly.

Start Virtual Training with HRDQ

We hope these tips for training new employees help you ramp up your new hires. If you’re ready to equip your team with the skills they need to succeed in their new role, get started with HRDQ today. Our live, instructor-led virtual training allows your employees to complete sessions and workshops no matter where they are. Plus, we can help you design a training program that fits your company’s exact needs. If you’re ready to experience the power of online training, view our virtual classes to get started!

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Bradford R. Glaser

Brad is President and CEO of HRDQ, a publisher of soft-skills learning solutions, and HRDQ-U, an online community for learning professionals hosting webinars, workshops, and podcasts. His 35+ years of experience in adult learning and development have fostered his passion for improving the performance of organizations, teams, and individuals.