07 Oct Why you should take the time to train new employees properly
Every business has people come and go all the time. After decades of monumental change to the way a modern business is run, regular ins and outs are still a constant occurrence.
When someone new comes onboard, there are several things they’ll need to learn to fit in.
However, it’s unlikely they’ll know what to do if they’re just plonked at a desk and asked to work.
It’s not just good courtesy to make a newbie feel welcome – it’s a fundamental part of the perfect work environment.
Get the culture right first
As we know all too well, money and experience are worth very little if you’re stuck in a workplace with a shoddy culture.
Bullying and boys clubs are still surprisingly common in toxic workplaces these days, but for those who’ve been in the same place for a long time, it may not be so obvious when culture has become sullied.
Fresh eyes will put a new perspective on a workplace that has become intolerable to anyone but its insiders.
Most importantly, it gives someone who’s still unsure about joining your team a great reason to pull out at the last minute.
What’s the point of going to all the trouble of hiring the perfect candidate when your toxic, unwelcoming culture puts them off from accepting the position?
The most important part of onboarding is ensuring someone feels welcome in the first place. That’s why getting the culture right is a must.
They’re not the only ones who can learn something
If you’re been in a position for a long time, you’ll likely have fallen into certain habits to do your job on ‘autopilot’. That’s not to say you’re doing it badly, but it makes it more difficult to train someone else who needs to learn everything from Step 1.
That’s why it’s so important for those doing the training as well as the person being trained.
When we have to explain how to perform a task, it helps us recall the most basic elements of our job and ensures we retain those fundamentals.
It’s also a great way to polish up on some of those crucial skills we may have let slip over the years.
Use it as a rewarding experience
Showing the ropes to a new employee can also be extremely rewarding.
Taking up the challenge to mentor someone is a great way to develop leadership skills because it’s an exercise in listening to feedback, giving directions and leading from the front.
It may not be for everyone, but it’s a basic test. If you can do your job properly, it’s not a stretch to expect you can show someone else how to do theirs.
While it may be easy to focus on our own journey in the workplace, there’s much to learn by focusing on someone else’s too.