Top Tips for Training an Entry Level Employee
Are you in the process of bringing an entry level employee into your company? Do you have any concerns about the training process, such as how long it will take to get him or her up to speed?
Hiring an entry level employee is easier said than done. Despite the fact that this person is starting at the bottom, he or she is still a valuable part of your company. This is why you need to provide the right type of training from the start.
With the cost of replacing an employee extremely high, you don’t want to do anything to chase away your newest hire. Instead, you want this person to feel comfortable with the company and his or her responsibilities from the start.
Let’s examine five top tips you can follow when training an entry level employee:
1. Know Where to Start
It’s imperative that you have a clear idea of where to start, as you don’t want to throw too much at the person on day one (or during the first week).
Once you have a training schedule in place, you’ll find it much easier to push the person along one day at a time.
2. Use What’s Worked in the Past
Have you trained entry level employees in the past? Were you happy with the results? Do you need to tweak something to ensure more success this time around?
It’s always a good idea to learn from the past. This is the best way to avoid the same mistakes in the future, while also implementing a more efficient process.
3. Don’t Waste Time on Meaningless Tasks
Yes, you are hiring an entry level employee. And no, this person isn’t at the top of your company (not yet, at least). Even so, this doesn’t mean you should waste his or her time on tasks that have nothing to do with the company.
Examples of this would be asking the person to help you plan your wedding or staffing them with the responsibility of buying your coffee online.
Remember this: unless it has something to do with the person’s job it’s best to leave the task for someone else (such as a personal assistant).
4. Ask for Feedback
There are many ways to obtain honest employee feedback, and you should take full advantage of each and every one.
The more feedback you receive from the person the easier it is to provide higher quality training in the future.
Sometimes all you have to do is ask for feedback in order to better understand what you are doing right, as well as the areas in which you can improve.
5. Be Patient
In a perfect world, your new employee would pick up on everything on the first day. This would make your life much easier, while also saving you quite a bit of money on the cost of training.
However, back in the real world, you know that this is not likely to happen. Even if someone is a fast learner, it goes without saying that he or she will have questions during training.
Be patient with your new hire, as you want this person to learn at a pace they’re comfortable with.
Don’t be Cheap
Along with the above, it’s important that you are willing to spend money training any employee you bring into your company.
Did you know that the average cost per hire is right around $4,100? If you skimp, such as by cutting back on training, it will cost your company more time and money in the long run.
It’s better to spend upfront and do things right than to cut back on spending and hope for the best.
Training an entry level employee is easier said than done, but that doesn’t mean the process should stress you out. By following these tips, among others, you’ll find yourself on track to bringing your new hire up to speed in an efficient manner.
What are your thoughts on hiring and training entry level employees? Do you have a system in place for training these individuals? Do you need to make some changes to what you’ve done in the past? Share your personal approach to training and management in the comment section below. Your feedback could help another manager better approach the training process.