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The Do's and Don'ts of Training New Employees

Posted in Employers, Recruitment, Training & Development on Jul 05, 2021 by Keeley Edge

The Do's and Don'ts of Training New Employees 


New employee training is vital part of recruitment. It helps to ensure new recruits understand their roles and the wider goals of the company, as well as increasing their confidence and competency. Methods can include job shadowing, group sessions, coaching, and formal apprenticeships.  

But for employers, the responsibility needs to go beyond a friendly hello and a welcome pack for new starters. So, what can you train in a new employee, and what should you do to help bring out their best qualities? Here are some of the key dos and don’ts from our experienced team. 


Do Include Both Onboarding and Training 

Knowing the difference between the two and making sure both are provided is a crucial part of new staff training. Onboarding should introduce the company values and offer practical support, while training should relate to the new employee’s role and set goals specific to the job requirements. 


Do Begin Before the Start Date

Preparation is essential to effective training for new starters. Even with existing processes in place, as an employer, you should ensure your program is fit for purpose and reviewed regularly. Hiring is also an ideal opportunity to consult with existing staff on what new employees need to know. 


Do Set Up a Buddy System 

 Introducing a buddy system, mentoring, or shadowing opportunities can be a great way of sharing the workload of training as well as making new employees feel supported and part of a team. Be sure to allow enough time to build relationships and regularly check in to encourage feedback. 


Don’t Overload on Information 

We all know what its like to be told too much information and instantly forget it all! With the nerves of starting a new job, this can feel even more intimidating for new employees, so go slow and create modules within a training schedule that are tailored to the role and offer chances for revision. 


Don’t Make it a Monologue 

Following on from the above, talking at rather than with new employee is a common mistake but needs to be avoidedEnsure there is a defined feedback process in place and be open to comments and suggestions – fresh ideas can be incredibly valuable to a business. 


Don’t Expect Too Much 

While onboarding and training are integral to the recruitment process, understanding that there are limits and managing expectations early on are important. It may take weeks or months before your new employee is efficient in their role and integrated into a team and the company. Establish goals that are achievable to develop their competency and provide opportunities for mutual feedback. 


Support for Your Business  

Training can help maintain and even improve working practices to ensure higher levels of employee retention, productivity, and wellbeing. Knowing the most effective way to deliver this support can be challenging and time-consuming, which is why Key Appointments are here to help.  


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