After a successful recruitment spree, many companies make freshers more productive by providing them with extensive training up to six months before they can join their newly assigned teams. A training programme is essential to make freshers more productive right from the first day they start working on the floor. This ensures an instant addition of productive person-hours by the freshers, which improves the overall efficiency of the company.
The recruitment and training industry, however, has been experiencing many changes in recent times. A different set of alternative practices have been developed that has captured the recognition of several workplaces, notably the IT companies. These innovative solutions have greatly helped companies reduce their expenses on hiring and training human resources—including the overall training expenditure — and make the freshers more productive right from the word go.
So, let us check out these new alternative processes to make freshers more productive from the day of joining.
Hire trained freshers
Rather than hiring untrained employees and then spending heavily on them to train them for the job, companies can collaborate with different firms that provide training to candidates as per the company or industry requirements and make them ready for the company. These firms are unlike educational institutions which focus only on academics. Such training companies impart job-specific training and teach candidates exactly what the organisation needs from its employees.
In short, these training firms make the candidates industry-ready. IT companies can approach these firms and hire their candidates depending on their requirements. This process is far more effective and saves time as well as money.
You can establish a strategic partnership with such firms and provide them with your training methodology so that the potential applicants are more in line with the scope of work of your company. This will ensure that the candidates, once selected and after a basic orientation, can straightaway prove productive for the company.
One of the job positions in IT companies that requires extensive training is that of the Systems Administrator. IT companies can use this model for hiring trained System Administrators from training firms. So, to fill up this position, look for training firms that teach the subsequent skills:
- Linux and Windows OS system administration, which includes disk management, OS installation, troubleshooting, performance monitoring, active directory and user accounts support
- Installation as well as the configuration of apps such as MS Office, SQL, IIS, etc.
- Cloud configuration
- Networking elements such as DNS, routing, subnets, IP addresses, OSI layer, backup tool, security visualisation and storages
- Knowledge about data centres, databases and ITIL processes
Conduct technical assessment
After the new hire checks out and gets acquainted with all the necessary skills of the company, you should conduct a detailed technical assessment to evaluate their practical knowledge of the different processes in the business. This assessment will help you gauge the knowledge of the new employee and whether they are ready to be tasked with a live project or assignment.
This step is a crucial one as it enables you to identify quick-learning and talented candidates who can be grouped and utilised more efficiently than the rest. It helps you create a high-performance team to derive great results.
Begin from the basics
When assigning work to freshers, it is essential that you begin from the very basics, no matter how talented or skilled they are. Do not commit the mistake of rushing them higher in the ladder just because you found them immensely talented during the interview. And this decision may lead to a disaster.
Regardless of the immense talent and expertise, the new hire may still lack the required experience of handling higher positions immediately from the beginning. Thus, they may not live up to the hype or expectations despite their immense talent.
The best way to manage new hires is to begin from ground zero, and then, gradually encourage them to grow up the ladder depending on their performance and work experience.
Assign small and doable assignments
The best way to let your new hires test the waters is by giving them small assignments at the start. Then, encourage them to do the task the best way they know. This will boost their confidence and will give them a gist of the kind of work they can expect at the organisation. If they are stuck at some point, provide them with the necessary assistance or peer to peer support. The idea should be to give them firsthand knowledge about the work processes of your company and see how well and how fast they can adapt to the processes.
With these simple steps, you can make freshers more productive at work right from the start. Also, an inclusive and easy process will make your new hires adjust comfortably to the workflows of your company, providing a positive work atmosphere to your new hires. And once they have gained enough knowledge and expertise about your company processes, you can encourage them to rise up the ladder, or create a team of high performers to accomplish your most critical task.