• Jennifer Hathcoat

Dos and Don’ts of Onboarding Training

Are you hiring a new employee for your company? Well, the success of your company is only as good as its people! Not only is onboarding training necessary to set your new employee up for success, but it also is the first step in demonstrating your leadership capabilities. Therefore, it is important that you know what you’re doing to conduct effective onboarding training so that ultimately, your hire knows what they’re doing in their new role. Here are the dos and don’ts of onboarding training:

The Importance of Onboarding Training

Did you know that 88% of employees imply that their companies don’t provide good onboard training? That is a pretty large number! Considering onboarding training is meant to assimilate new employees into your organization, having a poor onboarding process can leave hires feeling lost. A good onboarding program is also critical to improve employee retention. In fact, companies that invest in a strong onboarding program improve new hire retention by 82%.

Essentially, effective onboarding training will aid in helping your hires feel more valued, increase their performance and productivity, and most importantly, help them fully understand their role in your company.

The Dos

1. Make sure you are prepared for your new hire before their first day.

This may seem like an obvious one, but you don’t want to be scrambling around on your new hire’s first day. Set up a space for them and be sure to prepare their computer, monitor, and any other materials they may need.

2. Make sure your new hire knows the culture.

The culture of your company is important for a new employee to know so that they have a clear understanding of your company as a whole. Furthermore, they should be familiarized with the company website, as well as the products and services your company has to offer.

3. Use new employee onboarding software.

Using an employee onboarding software like TalentLMS can help make the process easier and more effective. The benefits of using software include: easy accessibility, less business downtime, fewer induction training costs, and less risk.

The Don’ts

1. Don’t rush the onboarding process.

The onboarding training process is not something that should be skimped on. Allotting four to six weeks of onboarding training ensures that a hire knows the company inside and out. You can incorporate training throughout their work schedule to ensure that they are learning and adapting to the company culture. Having more extensive time can also help your hire learn and absorb years’ worth of history and knowledge concerning your company.

2. Don’t forget to give your hire proper introductions to their new teammates and colleagues.

Introducing your hire as soon as possible will help them feel more comfortable and supported in the new environment. You can even assign them a mentor or buddy to help guide them and answer any questions they may have during the onboarding process.

3. Don’t leave your new hire alone “to figure it out.”

It is important that new hires have structure and a plan to follow. In order for them to be successful in their new position, they need to have a clear idea of what their position duties entail. Checking in on them will also ensure that they aren’t left in the dark.

The Long-Lasting Value of Onboarding Training

Ultimately, having a good onboarding training process can improve your company’s employee retention rate and make you hire a better employee. If the do’s and don’ts of onboarding training have you thinking your process may need some improvements, just remember, it’s never too late to start making changes!

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