You’ve reviewed hundreds of resumes, scheduled dozens of appointments and finally narrowed the field to one candidate for your open staff position. To make sure the time and effort you’ve invested in finding the right employee pays off, you need to spend just as much time planning how that employee will be trained as quickly, efficiently and effectively as possible.

Whether you have one part-time employee or a full-time staff of 20, an organized written training plan will help ensure nothing falls through the cracks. It also provides important consistency from one employee to the next and standards against which you can measure employee performance. Once you have a training template, you can customize it for the new employee by prioritizing training topics and assigning a “trainer” and deadlines for each one. Keep the new employee’s individualized plan updated as training progresses so the trainers and the new employee know which topics are “Not Started,” which are “In Progress” and which have been “Mastered!”

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