We’ve reached the end of our 30-60-90 day training program series. In our previous posts on the first 30 and the first 60 days, we’ve discussed onboarding new employees and increasing responsibilities. Now that those two portions of the training program are complete, it’s time to let your new employee—who really isn’t that new anymore—out on their own to set personal goals and monitor personal successes. Chances are the employee has incurred their own a set of tasks and responsibilities, and you’ve seen them through challenges and growth. Now it’s time to ensure they are prepared to be a fully engaged member of your team.
- Encourage leadership opportunities for small tasks. Ask your newest employee at the completion of their first 90 days to lead a small group meeting or prepare a necessary presentation. This allows them to engage with team members they haven’t worked with much yet and shows the rest of the team how much the new employee has learned thus far. Understand that this task could be nerve-wracking for some people; review and address concerns before the presentation with your employee to correct any misinformation or fill in gaps.
- Keep your door open. There will still be questions at this stage in your new employee’s training, but they will most likely be bigger than a simple explanation. Being available and setting aside time to address larger concerns or process improvement suggestions will encourage future initiative.
- Review the job description and answer any final questions. Training is fluid and doesn’t just end when the 90-day clock strikes midnight. There will always be opportunities for improvement and growth, but before your new employee has officially completed their program, schedule a meeting to review their job description. Compare the description to the skills and tasks they’ve learned, and find out where they feel more training might be beneficial. Additional training hours can be assigned to another employee with similar skills or it can be an individual program. Sometimes a task or problem makes more sense when there isn’t someone standing over your shoulder waiting for it to be completed.
Congratulations on successfully completing the first 90 days, both to new hires and to growing teams. As companies and departments shift and tasks and responsibilities are redefined, take some time to review your training program and ensure it sets up everyone to be as productive and encouraged as possible.