new employees have finished their training, and, supposedly, they are
ready for their jobs. Yet they still keep making mistakes and coming to
you with questions. If you own a growing business, this kind of
distraction from your work can be costly in the long run, so you might
be wondering what’s going in with your employees. After all, they should
be ready to go, right? Unfortunately, this is not always the case, but
there are a few questions you can ask if you feel your employees are not
Who is doing the training?
Let’s face it: not everyone is born a teacher. This means that whoever you’ve put in charge of doing the training might not actually be a good communicator. This can lead to a problem where all the employees are being trained by someone who may be amazing at their job but might also be terrible at explaining it. If that’s the case, your employees are not going to be fully trained for their work and are going to have more problems later down the line.
How is the engagement?
Engaging a group of people isn’t easy work, but it isn’t impossible. If the person in charge of employee training is just lecturing to the new employees, chances are your new hires checked out within the first ten minutes. Without some form of active engagement, no one is really going to learn. Having new hires take some active part in their training can help them be more engaged and help them learn the material much faster.
How much hands-on training is happening?
Related to your new employees’ engagement is how much hands-on training they are getting. Do you have demo projects for your new employees to work with? Are there tasks that people can do where it doesn’t matter if they make a lot of mistakes? Most people learn best when they are able to work with real material and are free to make mistakes along the way. If there is any opportunity for hands-on training, your new employees will work best with that.
If this all sounds like a lot to consider, then it might be time to think about outsourcing your HR work. This is a great option for new and growing companies because it allows you to cut back on expenses and still get the best training for new employees.