You finally did it. A position was vacant in your organization, your HR and senior management interviewed hundreds of candidates and offered the position to the person with that ‘special skill’. But what about training the new hire and making him comfortable with your policies, work environment, and products?
Millennials often think of training as an opportunity to develop themselves and prefer a job that provides good initial training. New employees are excited about their new role. They feel proud that the company is investing in them and are being recognized.
A new employee often takes time to adjust to the new role and environment. They need training to get a clear idea of their role and responsibilities, and to align their skills with the company’s vision.
Many companies have now recognised the value of training a new employee. New employees are now given training for a few weeks or even months (in some cases) so that the employee becomes comfortable with the organization. So how does training new employees benefit organizations and why it is important for employees?
- Helps in re-ignition of excitement – There can be many reasons behind a person quitting his job. Whatever the reason was, the outcome usually results in fading of the excitement to work. New employees are filled with potential and need a little spark to re-ignite that excitement to work. Training new employees does exactly that and fills them with enthusiasm to perform.
A little excitement will also spread to other members of the team, re-igniting their excitement to work. You can say that this will motivate older employees to perform better than the new hire by showing off their skills and experience (this motivation can also be termed as a subtle competition).
- Brings newer ideas – By training new employees, you will be explaining each and every detail. The new employee will have a new and neutral vision towards your work process. If given an opportunity to provide their input, they can give their feedback and you’ll also get to know what they have understood.
Many existing processes can be improved based on the experience and suggestions of the new hire, shortening the processes as they will provide fresh inputs.
- Makes sure that the new hires are productive – A new hire is not comfortable in the new environment and is not aware of your business practices and tactics. Training will help them learn new techniques and be productive when they start the actual work.
- Makes people stay for longer – New hires are trained so that they get to know more about their role in detail, their objectives, and what the company has planned for them. They feel that they are an integral part of the team and the company wants them to enhance their skills. When they are done with their training and probationary period, they will look forward to other trainings that might happen in the future. This way they will stay for longer with the organization.
- Helps in recognizing flaws (even before the beginning of the training) – When you create a training plan for a new hire, you will go through all the topics and procedures to be taught. This will help you realize your own weak links and start working on them.
- Minimal Supervision – If a new hire is given proper training, he will need minimal supervision right from the beginning – reducing the need to keep a check on all the small details.
Most companies now provide proper orientation or training programs for new hires. These programs are usually ILT Solutions that last for a few weeks or months where the new hire can enjoy at the organization and get settled before they start.