Training New Employees Effectively

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It's a great feeling when you find the ideal candidate to fill a vacant role for your organization, but the hiring decision is only the first step toward success. You also need to train new employees effectively to ensure that they can hit the ground running and be productive for your organization right away. Unfortunately, employee onboarding programs that consist of nothing more than training manuals and legal regulations will send your new hire running for the exit. If you're ready to invest in more modern training methods for employees, Turning can help. Our learning engagement platform, Dojo360, leverages our e³ philosophy of equity, evidence, and engagement to bring online and hybrid learning to the next level.

Why Is Training New Employees So Important?

You might think of your onboarding program as a means to train fresh hires, but your employees will see it as their first impression of your brand. If they don't like what you offer, they may quickly begin looking for another job or spread their own dissatisfaction throughout the ranks of your organization. That forces your organization to absorb the costs associated with finding and training a replacement, damaging your bottom line with zero benefit. Training new employees effectively has the opposite effect, helping them contribute to your organization for years to come.

What Goes into Training New Employees?

New hires can be seen as blank slates in that they don't know how to feel about their job, employer, colleagues, or role yet. They'll have questions that a great onboarding program can answer. Here are four things you can do to help fresh faces feel more comfortable:

  1. Encourage Collaboration
  2. We know that it's tempting to focus on the ins and outs of day-to-day work throughout the onboarding process, but helping new hires feel like part of the team is incredibly important. Dojo360 includes communication tools such as live chat and threaded message boards to help employees interact with each other at any time, making it easy to set up a mentorship program so experienced employees can help their newer colleagues. Our platform also makes it easy to give and receive feedback, giving your organization's stakeholders the evidence they need to train fresh faces more effectively in the future.

  3. Take It Slow
  4. Throwing a mountain of information at new employees accomplishes nothing more than overwhelming them. Instead, you can create engaging onboarding courses on Dojo360 that give learners what they're ready to learn when they need it. For example, embedding a PowerPoint presentation into a mobile-friendly course on your organization's data entry system allows your new employee to access that information while they're trying to use it. Likewise, you can add a YouTube video to courses by simply putting its URL into our course creation tool, providing a different way of explaining information. Your new hire should also be given contact information for managers who can answer any questions they might have.

  5. Engage Your Workers
  6. Training can be dull, but Dojo360 includes numerous features to make it more engaging. For instance, gamification elements such as live leaderboards and badges provide an incentive for learners to take more courses and share what they've learned with their coworkers. Instructors can also add inline quizzes at key points throughout every course to promote engagement. You can even make use of thousands of images and other graphical assets in the Dojo library to capture the attention of learners.

  7. Track Learner Progress
  8. Learners want to be treated as individuals, not as a number. Dojo360 offers intuitive dashboards that allow instructors to review detailed information on attendance and performance, giving you the evidence you need to take personalized action as needed. For example, you can see how an entire class answered a multiple-choice question and automatically enroll learners who missed it in remediation. You can also allow learners to see how they fared on self-paced assignments right away, allowing them to be proactive in addressing any skill gaps identified.

Is There Anything Else I Should Know About Training New Employees?

The SHRM reports that nearly one-third of new hires leave their position after just six months, but a structured onboarding program makes employees 58% more likely to remain with the organization for at least three years. Furthermore, the same study revealed that organizations with standardized training methods for employees saw 50% more productivity from new hires. Put simply, effective onboarding makes business sense.

Dojo360 meets or exceeds all WCAG 2.0 guidelines, giving all of your team members equity in access to onboarding materials. If you would like to learn more about the importance of training new employees or experience our platform for yourself, book a demo right now!

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