Hiring a new team member is exciting — but it can also be stressful. No matter how seasoned they are, a new employee requires a certain amount of training. Without it, they won’t learn how to properly do their job, which will both limit their effectiveness and decrease their level of job satisfaction.
Of course, training a new hire is a major time investment, so you have to figure out how to balance it with your existing workload. Here are a few tips to help you do it all.
Realign Your Priorities
Take a look at how you’re currently spending your day. Chances are, there are at least a few tasks you could eliminate. For example, if you’re currently attending a morning meeting, you don’t need to be at, politely tell the organizer you don’t feel your presence is necessary. This will give you extra time to focus on training without hindering your productivity.
Schedule Your Time
If you allow it to, training can quickly take over your day. Make sure this doesn’t happen by using your calendar to schedule your time. This will help you keep track of all the items on your daily to-do list, so you don’t lose track of time. It’s much easier to stay on top of your tasks when you have a plan to reference.
Delegate Part of Your Workload
Training a new employee needs to be your top priority. However, that doesn’t mean the rest of your tasks can just be put on hold. Accomplish everything — without having to work overtime — by delegating some of your work to the rest of your team. They’ll enjoy getting to take on more responsibility, and you’ll benefit by ensuring all the bases are covered while you’re busy getting your new hire up to speed.
Create a Resource List
If you feel like you spend a good part of the day answering the same questions, making a resource list can be a serious time-saver — both during and after training. Give this guide to employees and colleagues, so they can find answers themselves, without having to come to you.
Make Training a Group Effort
You have a lot of valuable knowledge to share with your new hire, but you’re not the only one who can help them get acclimated. Including other team members in training can ensure the person with the most experience completing a task is teaching them and helps build bonds. This will free up more time in your day, as you’ll be able to focus on other work, while someone else is leading training.
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