When to start training your employees

dv631010.jpgWhen you hire a new employee you have about a week to set him/her up for success or failure. During the interview: the prospective employee does not really think about anything other than ” I need to get this job.” When the job offer is made: Employee is the happiest. New job represents a new beginning a fresh new start. (s)he knows all the things this new job will bring. Since it’s a new job non of the negative associations with the current employer exists. (They didn’t know squat anyways.) First day at the job: Mostly nervous employee takes her time at the parking lot feeling like a kid who just transfers into a new school. Not knowing cliques, not knowing the culture, and not knowing who runs the show. When the new employee walks thru the front door starting with the first shaky step she is taking in all she can. THIS IS THE ONLY TIME YOUR NEW EMPLOYEE CAN BE TRAINED. If you don’t start training at this moment, from here on you will be spending most of your time un-training the employee until she leaves.