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Create Better Habits: Top Tips to New Employee Training

Hiring a new employee is hard work, so after finding the right person for the job, you want to keep them in place. Designing a robust new hire training program is the first step because if they feel lost or unwelcome, they’ll second-guess their choice to join your team.

You don’t want your new employees to start looking for other jobs hiring in Reading, PA, and the surrounding area, so find out how to implement a training program that really works.

Five Tips for New Hire Training

Create a 30-60-90 Day Plan

Get new employees off to a strong start by creating a custom 30-60-90-day plan prior to their arrival. This makes your expectations clear and allows them to know exactly where they stand. Most new hires don’t like having to constantly ask what they should be doing, so this gives them a much-appreciated sense of independence while getting acclimated.

Tailoring each 30-60-90 day plan for the individual employee is a must because no two new hires have the same skills and experience. Plans for workers with the same job title will be fundamentally similar but must be adapted to fit each person’s background.

Use the Buddy System

Adjusting to a new job takes time, so ease the pressure by pairing new hires with seasoned staffers. This person can show them the ropes, so they don’t have to figure things out on their own. Having a buddy will also allow them to quickly bond with one of their new peers, making them more comfortable in their new work environment.

Make Yourself Available

Instituting the buddy system doesn’t mean you can take a hands-off approach to train. It’s important for new hires to know they have your support, so in the beginning, check on them multiple times per day. This will help the two of you bond and will make them feel like they’re in good hands.

Provide Constructive Feedback

Schedule regular one-on-one meetings with new hires to touch base and see how things are going. Use this time to provide constructive feedback and make any necessary adjustments to their training plan. New hires are eager to know how they’re doing, so this will keep the two of you on the same page.

Encourage Team Bonding

Getting to know the team is a huge part of adjusting to a new job. If possible, plan a few group outings during the employee’s first few weeks on the job i.e., a team lunch on their first day and a group happy hour at the end of their first week so they can bond with their co-workers outside the office.

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