4 Ways To Use Training To Get New Employees Up And Running Quickly


When an employee is first hired, they must usually complete a training period in order to effectively get going with their new job. A fun and interactive training period not only boosts morale and motivation, but also allows employers to be confident their new employees are engaged with their new company. Here are 4 ways to use training to get new employees up and running quickly:

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Here are some ways you can get your new employees more involved during their first few weeks on board. While training is a requirement of just about any job, it is important to train new employees in a way that is engaging and fun. You want to be sure they are excited to begin their new role with your company and there is nothing worse than a less-than-inspiring onboarding training.

1. Group initial training for new employees

Most of us have all been in a situation where we are the only person starting the job. This kind of situation can be very nerve-racking and intimidating for a new employee. If you're taking on more than one person at the same time, rather than starting your new employees on different days, try to start them all at the same time if possible so you can carry out group training.

This will ease the tension for new employees and take the pressure off training time too as you can cover the training of several new people in one session. It's also a good way for them to get to know fellow newbies.

2. Hands-on training vs classroom training

Depending on the type of job, there may be a requirement for some type of classroom training to be included for your new starts. While this might be necessary in order to be sure the new employees are up to speed, compliant or meet certification requirements, this type of training can be dull. If you do need to do some classroom instruction, then try to focus that training on real-world situations.

Then place trainees with a mentor out in the field so they can be shown hands-on tactics that follow up on what they covered in the classroom.

Recommended reading: 5 Ways For Making Training and Development for Employees Even Better

3. Team training

Team training with the wider team including established employees makes your new employees feel a bit more included. It gives them a chance to get to know their fellow team members as well as the other way around. 

Team training is a also great way to evaluate the different strengths and weaknesses of your new employee. With team training you can more easily notice which new employees possess qualities of leadership or problem solving.

4. Shadowing a Manager

Since managers have all the knowledge of how to get the job done correctly, allow your new employees to shadow a manager. This is a very good way of showing new hires the job duties of a position they will potentially be working towards. It also allows the management team to closely evaluate the new employee while directly training them on their new job responsibilities.

Recommended reading: How to Motivate Staff Through Employee Training

Keep in mind that training should be continuous as opposed to trying to cram everything in a few short weeks. Ongoing training keeps your employees engaged and motivated. 

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