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How to Develop a New Employee Training Plan

how to develop a new employee training plan
Mary Kate Morrow

By Mary Kate Morrow


91% of new hire employees stay at their new role for at least the first year if efficiently onboarded with a well structured new hire training program. An effective new employee training plan is a critical part of a business's employee onboarding process.

How to Implement an Effective Employee Training Plan

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An efficient new employee training plan is essential for effective employee creation and maintenance. An employee training program can make the difference between an effective employee who boosts your bottom line and an inefficient employee who decreases your employee retention rates and brings down your entire company culture.

New employee training program best practice tips include-

1. Communication- Communicate with your new hire prior to their first day on the new job. Introduce new hire employees to existing staff members either personally or through a quick message remembering to cc your new employee's email address. Make sure your new hire knows that they can approach other people who work at your company but be careful not to overwhelm them on their first day through too many introductions.

You may consider introducing your new employee to coworkers or important team members via email or phone before their first day to increase the chances of your new hire feeling welcomed and comfortable. Large companies like Netflix make it a goal to introduce their new hire to the CEO by the third month of their employment.

2. Check-ins- Human resource department staff often wrongly believe a check-in after the first week of employment is enough. Check-in at monthly at least until the six month point and remember that the more you check in the better. Employee retention and employee engagement are increased when a new employee feels that their employee experience matters to the company.

3. Cooperation- Connect each new hire with an existing effective employee who is familiar with best practice techniques and bottom line specifics. A partner allows your new employee a real time opportunity to ask another employee first about questions that they may not feel comfortable asking a manager or human resource department.

Whether you are a small business or larger corporation, linking your new employee with an effective employee will increase employee engagement and employee experience throughout the new employee training program.

4. Checklist- Your human resource department should use an onboarding checklist to make sure they are not missing any crucial communication opportunities or new hire paperwork. When you develop an employee onboarding checklist you can better keep departments responsible and receptive during the new employee onboarding process.

When all departments understand what portions of the new employee hiring process they are accountable for, the overall new employee onboarding process will go smoother. For example, your human resource representative may be responsible for sending your new hire a training video while a hiring manager develops their job description specifics and career development goals.

A checklist will also help make sure all training types are covered, ranging from safety training to customer service soft skill training and beyond. Optimized human resource departments onboarding best practice procedures will create more effective training and employee onboarding processes which in turn will increase bottom line profitability and increase employee retention rates.

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Different Methods of Training

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There are many different training methods for businesses to consider during new employee training plan development, including-

1. Classroom training by an instructor which is the most common new employee training method. Make sure to keep up employee engagement by avoiding strictly lecturing your new hire. In fact, lecturing is considered the least effective employee training method with an average 20% employee retention rate of the material taught.

2. Interactive new hire training keeps employee engagement up which is crucial when 1 in 3 employees report feeling training is often uninspiring and actually negatively affects their learning. One drawback to this type of training is that introverted employees may struggle to speak up or interact.

3. A digital new employee training program is accessible anywhere with a wifi connection and at any time that is convenient for your new hire employee. A drawback to digital training plan is that a new employee may struggle to focus on the material without a person guiding them through it and a lot of the personal contact that occurs in other training types is not present.

A great way to combat this through blended learning which includes digital training program materials but also incorporates the real time in-person training other methods use.

4. Hands on training is an employee training best practice with 52% of employees believing it is the best way to train. The concentration required helps keep employee engagement and can help new employees to practice in a controlled environment.

5. Video training has high levels of employee engagement and is very customizable to your specific business best practice techniques and company policies. A training video can help new hire concentration levels and make onboarding new employees much more cost effective as videos can be reused without requiring repetitive training sessions to take place.

A training video can also be reviewed by your new hire if they miss any important details or need a refresher. In fact, 96% of businesses report that a training video is a faster and better way to train new hire employees.

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