Nearly all companies have some sort of employee training program to ensure that new hires have the skills and know-how they need to succeed. However, many companies don’t make continued employee development a priority, and some may not even have a standardized training program in place. Jason Kulpa, a serial entrepreneur and former CEO of Ue.co, details the specific reasons he believes that thorough new hire training and regular employee development can improve your business’s health and success.
Regulate Employee Skills, Knowledge, and Expectations
Whether it’s for an entry-level position or an executive one, a crucial part of initial training for any new hire should be focused on the transference of skills necessary to do the job well.
Additionally, take the time to review workplace regulations and general housekeeping protocols for your company, which will set your new employee up for success in their position.
Employees need to thoroughly understand what is expected of them. If they don’t, there’s a risk that they will underperform, leaving others in the company to pick up the slack. Alternatively, they may be stressed trying to manage tasks that they aren’t actually responsible for. Over time, this will cost the company time and money while impacting team morale.
All of the skills, knowledge, and expectations imparted on training day should be reinforced regularly to encourage retention. This will also improve your employees’ connection to the overall company mission.
Regular employee development practices can increase workplace morale and boost productivity by giving employees a renewed sense of purpose and understanding.
Test the Clarity and Efficiency of Management
If you’re unsure whether your new hire training system or team development methods are effective, take a close look at your employees. Analyze the performance of multiple team members within the same rank or responsibility level and note any marked differences between their workflow methods or productivity. If you notice glaring differences between employees at the same level, an issue at the training or development level is likely to blame.
Use your HR department to gauge general company knowledge and assess skills among your various teams. Using the data you’ve gathered, you can design a revamped new hire training program that leaves no stone unturned. This will allow you to measure comprehension levels over time while your program is in motion.
From there, you can incorporate regular employee development seminars, meetings, or events. This will help ensure that the initial knowledge that you impart to each employee at their new hire training can be built upon for years to come.
Set the Stage for Improvements
Suppose you’re proposing some kind of change in business operations or workflow to make everything more streamlined and effective. In that case, you’ll find that it might be challenging to incorporate these changes when your employees haven’t been updated on the exact extent of their responsibilities for years.
When you regularly prioritize the thorough training of new hires and the further development of retained employees, large-scale changes to workplace activities or workflows will go off without a hitch.
About Jason Kulpa
Jason Kulpa is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and former CEO of UE.co, San Diego’s Fastest Growing Business multi-year award winner, and a Certified Great Place to Work multi-year winner. Mr. Kulpa is a San Diego’s two-time winner of the Most Admired CEO Award of the San Diego Business Journal and also a semi-finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur award.
Laila Azzahra is a professional writer and blogger that loves to write about technology, business, entertainment, science, and health.