Employee onboarding is a big talking point for companies today. Not only do you need to orient your employees to your company culture, but you also need to make sure they’re properly trained and up to speed on the job. Are you providing the right amount of training to your new team members? And what is the right amount? Is it possible to undertrain or overtrain? Before you update your training program, consider these factors.
A Complete Onboarding Experience
Training is just one part of onboarding, so it’s important to focus on all aspects of bringing a new employee onto your team. Onboarding is often considered a completely new employee orientation that includes an introduction to the company culture as well as the necessary job training. A complete onboarding experience will encompass all of these aspects, often by including various programs such as mentorships and shadowing.
Length of Training
How long it takes to train a new employee may depend on the person’s ability to internalize new information and perform according to the expectations of the job. However, it’s important not to throw a new employee from the frying pan into the fire before they have a complete grasp. Many companies will incorporate some form of continued onboarding for the first 90 days, even up to a year.
Understanding Individual Learning Styles
It’s important when bringing on new team members that everyone has a learning language. There is not a single perfect learning style, and to get the most out of your employees, you need to provide multiple options to ensure that everyone is getting the most out of training. For some, hands-on training is best, while others learn well in classroom-like environments. Mix it up to reach everyone.
Expectations for New Employees
The key for companies to understand the intersection of expectations and employee satisfaction. This will directly impact turnover, especially within the first 90 days to a year. A strong onboarding and training experience will keep employees engaged, provide them resources for continued improvement, and answers to their questions that will reinforce company policies and culture.
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