Training a new employee, or an existing employee on a new machine or procedure is not something that is easy to do, but the effectiveness of the training must be good or there will be consequences. One of the things that employers try to do is limit the amount of money they spend on training time and the faster an employee picks up on the correct way to do their job the less likely they are to have any sort set back and require additional training.
So what is the biggest key in training a new employee? It’s about allowing them to make mistakes.
The reason people are skeptical to do things in the work place is they fear that they are going to make a mistake that makes a situation worse than it was. They worry they are going to break something or that they are going to be fired for their mistake.
As the employer or the person training them it’s important that they know that it is ok if they make a mistake so they can continue to try. If they feel they are allowed to screw up and have an error happen it’s going to make them more confident in trying something and that will result in better business for you and your company.
Clearly there are situations and professions where mistakes can be dangerous but ultimately there is no reason why they cannot make a mistake. Encouraging them only helps in their development for the company.