How to Train New Hires to Move Up

Making a Manager

Published Friday, August 18, 2017 8:00 am

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Hiring a new employee can be a time-consuming process, and if it doesn’t work out, you will have wasted valuable manpower and money with the time it took to train them. That’s why it’s important to look for the most valuable employees, who can offer something of substance to your business and help it grow along with you.

As a business owner, one of your priorities is making sure your company is profitable, so running as efficiently as possible is a necessity. Think about the best ways you can attract quality applicants and train them to be management material; do you need someone with leadership qualities, who can take the wheel when you’re not there? Do you need a fast learner because you don’t have much time to fill the spot? Write down all the things you need in an employee and turn them into an eye-catching, well-written ad, which is one of the first orders of business when you’re looking for new hires. Then write out some interview questions that will help you suss out the right candidate.

Here are some of the best tips to get you started.

Think about what you want
Make a list of everything you need in a new hire, but don’t forget to include everything your company can do for them. To have a successful business, you need quality employees who love their jobs, so make the position sound appealing! List any benefits the job offers and show off your company’s successes.

It’s also imperative to write out a detailed description of exactly what the job entails. Take your time and go over it more than once to make sure it will make sense to someone outside of your company.

For more on how to initiate the right hire for your business, read this helpful guide .

Step out of your boss shoes

As a business owner, it’s sometimes necessary to be aggressive in order to get your product or services into the hands of customers. Other times, you have to be a bit firm to ensure that
employees and vendors alike will respect you and not take advantage of your position. However, when you start the training process with a new hire, one of the best things you can do is treat them like a student you’re mentoring. After all, you want this person to be able to grow into a management position, so they need to know all you can teach them. Some of the best ways to mentor include showing your new employee how to effectively handle customer service and conflict, how to take control in an unforeseen situation, and how to treat others the way they want to be treated. Working on some of their “soft skills”-- that is, the ability to speak and handle themselves well in any situation -- rather than focusing solely on training them for the job at hand will ensure that they are able to take on anything that comes their way, whether you’re there or not.

Treat them like an equal
Hiring someone in at entry-level means maybe they have experience in the field and maybe they don’t. Perhaps they are fresh out of college, or maybe they are older and have some experience in related fields. Whatever their experience level, it’s important to start by not treating them like an underling. The best way to move someone up through the management scale is to allow them a little room to grow, and that means giving them a chance to show you what they can do. Give your new hire a little responsibility and let them make mistakes now and then. It’s the best way to learn.

Remember that the training process can take a while. Try to stay patient and keep in mind that everything you put into a new hire, you’ll get back tenfold if you approach it from the right angle.

Hiring employees is time consuming and expensive so doing it right the first time will reduce stress and save you money over the long run.

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