9 Efficient Ways To Train Your New Fitness Hire To Be Productive
By Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN
Training a new hire is just as challenging as actually hiring an ideal candidate. The training process can determine whether you retain the employee or the employee bails quickly. According to Young, Fabulous, and Self-Employed Magazine, 22% of employees leave their jobs within 45 days of employment. Poor training can result in job dissatisfaction. On the flipside, providing effective training can empower the new hire and encourage them to want to stay and contribute to growing the company.
Here are 9 efficient ways to train your new hire to be productive.
1. Create a training manual or protocol. Keep the manual updated and review it prior to applying it with each new candidate so the information is fresh and relative to the position. The protocols or manual can be used as a guide and reference of important information for the new employee.
2. Assign a mentor. Assigning a mentor to the new hire is a valuable resource to apply additional knowledge, guidance, and trust. The mentor can also be seen as a role model of what the new hire can aspire to achieve.
3. Set realistic goals and targets. Establish realistic S.M.A.R.T. goals with the employee so they have specific items to work towards within a set time frame.
4. Request weekly deliverables. Kristina Cushing, Account Executive at RemX Specialty Staffing, recruiting and placing the most qualified candidates nationwide, recommends using weekly deliverables to track progress. This weekly follow-up can assist with determining the employees’ strengths and using those strengths to enhance productivity.
5. Maintain an active/ongoing dialogue. Cushing advises to continually keep the conversation flowing with the new hire in order to find out what they have learned so far on the job as well as what they would like to learn to be better at their position.
6. Empower the new hire. Praise and positive reinforcement provide encouragement and confidence. Empower the new hire so they want to succeed and grow while doing a good job. Affirming the efforts made can enhance productivity.
7. Optimize strengths. During the trial period, look to see how the employee is progressing and what the strengths are. Use these strengths to focus on the areas where the new hire can continue to excel and optimize your company’s goals and productivity.
8. Comprehensive training. Make sure the new hire understands what is requested of him by asking to explain the purpose of the exercise or asking for repetition. Repeating the process can ensure the employee knows what you expect and request. Also, by the employee understanding the reasoning or process of the activity, they can understand the purpose and importance of why the task needs to get completed.
9. Continual Training. Training never ends because companies are continually growing and evolving through new technology and/or products/services. Make sure to effectively train people when acquiring new information either by conducting group training programs or one-on-one training programs depending on the situation. Having a mentor can assist with providing continual guidance and knowledge to ensure productivity remains high and employees are motivated and progressive.
According to Richard Branson, owner of the Virgin Group, in his interview with Entrepreneur Magazine, “There is always something new to learn. The day you stop learning is the day you stop living. We should all pick up new skills, ideas, viewpoints and ways of working every day.” Continue to mentor, train, and grow, and your employees will be lifelong contributors to the company.