Gaining new talent can be an exciting time for everybody. As an organization, you receive fresh perspectives, new skills, and a person who is generally at his or her motivational peak. As a new employee, you now have a springboard to grow professionally and further cultivate your career goals.
While generally the onboarding process can start on a high, it is easy for it to go sour fast. Hence, creating a great training program is critical for all organizations who wish to retain employees and grow their ultimate success.
Creating a flawless training program is tricky business. It differs with the industry, company size, and employee experience. Yet, no matter what process you choose, there are a few key elements you should include in order to make the training and onboarding process productive, fun, and successful:
1. Begin by focusing on employee strengths
There are many skills an individual may need to acquire in a new position. However, while they may lack critical skills in some areas, there are surely other areas in which they are proficient. Focus on those in the beginning of the training process.
We all know the beginning of a new job is exciting, yet moderately intimidating. If the new employee can smoothly begin the transition by utilizing skills he or she already has, it builds confidence, comfort, and motivation to grow. On the other hand, when the employee is bombarded with tons of new information, it is easy for them to become overwhelmed and retain very little of what they learned. Even more concerning, it can throw them off enough that they lose confidence and motivation way too early on in the process.[…]