The end of the year, for many businesses, is a little slower than the rest of the year. Sales slow as budgets are maxed out, and other businesses are busy thinking about what to do next calendar year.
If you’ve recently hired staff, or are currently considering hiring staff, now is a great time. You’ve got more time to dedicate to searching for the ideal candidate. Now is also ideal for training new hires.
You’ve Got Your Head on Straight
Every year seems to zoom by until third quarter, when things grind to a halt. If you’ve been piled under paperwork and haven’t had time to come up for air, you probably are catching up on things right now. Dedicate some time to considering the training process, if this is a new position, or updating it for existing roles. If you’re the person conducting the training, your calendar may have more empty spots on it where you can schedule one-on-one time. If you’re in charge of the person who trains, speak with her about opening up some time to help in the next few weeks.
Before you start on training, make sure the job description for the role is updated and that you haven’t assigned new tasks to it and aren’t using technology for the role that isn’t mentioned in the training materials. Even if you don’t have an employee to train right now, it’s an excellent time to update these documents.
There’s Less to Do
While on-the-job training has its own benefits, new hires tend to be more at ease when they have quiet time to digest the information that’s being thrown at them. If time permits, schedule a week or two just for observation, where your new employee can shadow someone else in his department, or the person he will be replacing. Gradually give him more tasks and oversee them to ensure he’s on the right path. Then in January when business picks up, he’ll be more confident about doing his job.
He Can Meet More of Your Staff
If your employees are gathering in the breakroom to share a slice of pumpkin pie, your new hire will have ample opportunity to network and get to know his colleagues. Because the holidays tend to bring more cheer to the office, he’ll get off on the right foot with the rest of your staff, which can ease his transition into the work.
There’s Time for External Training
Whether you have a training coach who comes in to help new hires or like sending them to workshops and conventions, there’s room in the schedule to allow for these right now. Look for local events that will benefit your newest addition and sign him up on the company’s dime. Also if there are training manuals or books that you require him to read, he should have a little more free time to cover those right now.
Proper training of a new hire is what can increase the time an employee works with your company, and it can set him up for success. Provide him with the tools he needs to get to know his new role, and provide ample support so he knows where to turn with questions. Follow up after training to see how he feels about his job, and make sure to help him in the coming months.