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Why is Engaging New Hire Training Important?

Engaging your employees from the beginning will get your new hires off to a great start!Ask yourself, is your new hire training everything it needs to be to prepare your employees for today’s business challenges? If you have a feeling that your new hire training could be even a little bit better, consider these sobering statistics. According to the Wynhurst Group, the cost of losing an employee in the first year is estimated to be at least three times their salary. What’s more, 22% of staff turnover occurs in the first forty-five days of employment. For any business, training is an investment in your resources, money, and time. If your training isn’t engaging, it will have a detrimental impact on your business. It could lead to lower employee productivity, high turnover, and lower customer satisfaction.

If you haven’t considered engaging your trainees with content created with thoughtful consideration of their onboarding journey, now is the time to begin. Let’s explore the benefits of an engaging new hire training program and how you can get started with creative, engaging programs and materials.

Benefits of an Engaging New Hire Training Program

Beyond the significant cost savings and the productivity gains, there are many benefits to investing in adding more engagement to your new hire training. With a more engaging new hire onboarding program, you’ll help employees deliver better results and be prepared to manage future challenges.

An engaging new hire training program can have numerous benefits to both your company and your new hires. These benefits include:

1. More Productive Employees. If an employee is properly engaged during new hire orientation, they are more likely to pay close attention to their work and ensure that all procedures and processes are being properly followed and that they are performing to the best of their abilities.

2. Loyal Employees. Investing in your employees by properly training them is extremely important when trying to build a long-term relationship with a new hire. If your new staff member feels like they have been properly trained and supported, they are more likely to feel emotionally invested in your company. This not only increases employee loyalty, it also can aid in decreasing your turnover rate. Many companies fail at this initial step because they think that training only means setting up the new hire’s work station.

3. Better Information Retention. When new hires are truly engaged in their training, they are less easily distracted and hence retain more information.  This is valuable because it means that re-training is less likely, and new hires who are more invested in their new positions are also less likely to add to your turnover rate.  While your new hire training does not necessarily need to be a carnival of entertainment, it should incorporate the unexpected – and that means providing a training curriculum that strays off the beaten path.

Ideas to Make Your New Hire Training Program More Engaging

Now that you see the benefits of engaging your new hire, it’s time to step up your training program. No more delivering training that causes new hires to nod off to sleep or miss most of the content because they view it as monotonous and boring.

A few ways to engage your new hires during training include:

 

If you new employee is engaged and encouraged to participate during their training, they will be more likely to retain the information that is presented to them and they will be ready to excel. A well-trained employee is one that is prepared to succeed in their position. The best way to help an employee become prepared to succeed is by engaging them during new hire training.

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