The Right Tools
Now that we’ve covered some of the basics, it’s time to analyze the central component that ties everything together: training. Training is, inarguably, a fundamental aspect of integrating a new employee into your workplace. Good, thorough training will optimize your new employee’s job performance and increase retention rates. That being said, training can only be effective as the tools you use. Ask yourself the following:
- What are your overall goals for new employee training?
- What are your goals for each training session?
- What is your budget?
- How much time can you spend on training? (e.g. days, weeks, months)
Once you’ve figured out logistics, you can begin to assess the most effective form of training for the job in question. It should be noted that a combination of methods often works best at keeping the trainee engaged and receptive. Below is a list of effective tools for new employee training:
When delivered effectively, instructor-led training can generate enthusiasm for the role at hand. For this reason and various others, presentations are considered one of the most powerful tools for new employee training. Apart from being personal, affordable, and interactive, they can also be incredibly versatile. Indeed, a well-planned presentation utilizes various supplemental tools, including videos, whiteboards/blackboards, projectors, PowerPoint, and storytelling, keeping the audience on point and engaged throughout the training session.
Although less interactive than presentations, manuals make a great addition to any training program. They provide a new employee with a sense of independence in knowing that they may be able to find answers to their questions with the quick turn of a page. Additionally, they provide instruction that is often time tested and thus fail proof when performed correctly.
An effective interactive element, hands-on training offers employees an opportunity to utilize the tools they’ll be using in their line of work. Whether it involves a computer or more complex, industry-specific machinery, a hands-on approach will help trainees develop and practice new skills. Access to job-related equipment will also allow for trainer demonstrations, which will help ensure that all tools are used safely and correctly.
Job shadowing can be a particularly impactful training tool. It offers new employees the opportunity to “follow” an experienced individual within the same field(s) and observe day-to-day job responsibilities and performance. Trainees can ask questions and become acquainted with the position before delving into their own daily routines. Employers may choose to begin job shadowing on day one of orientation, while others may opt to wait until the employee has developed a foundation of knowledge through in-classroom training.
Taking the time to assess and implement various training tools will benefit your company in the long run, and provide you with engaged, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable employees.