The headline seems simplistic, right? Who would purposely train employees for failure? The truth is, effective training is lacking in many staffing companies these days.
There are many reasons why training new staff members ends up at the bottom of the list, including: no place to train, staff is too busy to train, you hired someone who should be able to jump right in or you expect the new hire to either sink or swim on his/her own.
To really help your new hire succeed, consider how you would train someone to replace you! Would you give that responsibility to the lowest level employee? Would you confuse your replacement with a string of employees giving their view of what’s wrong with the company or why the last person left?
Believe us, this happens. But every employer or staffing firm is faced with the same issue: how do you train your new hires for success? AtWork Group, a top U. S. staffing franchise, offers three basic tips you can try:
1-Have an actual training manual specific for that position. This step is the most important one yet few new hires are given this kind of help. (This needs to be done well before your new hire comes on board.)
2-Inform your existing staff the new hire will be starting before he/she starts and inform them it is part of their job to help the new hire succeed! If more employers gave the new hires this minor consideration, more new employees would feel part of the team rather than as a drag on the business.
3- Designate another employee as the new hire’s go-to resource. This is extremely important – even for a higher-level employee. If you can’t be the designated resource or trainer (and in many cases you are the best one because you know the most about your business) make sure a trusted higher-level employee acts as his/her temporary mentor.
Existing employees can have a lot to do with the success or failure of new hires, and it’s crucial to monitor your new hire’s progress with weekly or even daily meetings with you. Even if just for a few minutes. Knowing you care about the success of a new hire goes a long way.