The World around us keeps changing in a rhythm that is noticeably faster than ever, which demands each work environment, especially the ones operating in technical fields, to keep up with the speed of such change, by constantly training the employees and introducing them to newly released updates and technologies.
Whether you have new employees joining the team, or you simply want to update the knowledge base for the staff that has been working at your company for years now. This blog post is for you.
Employees Training Tips: The Existing & The New
How can you keep your employees’ skills sharp and up to date?
Here are some tips you as an employer should think of to get the best out of your old and new staff:
1- Help Each Employee Find His Learning Style
Each programmer brain works in a unique way, and with that unique way comes a different pattern of learning new information, if you help your employees to learn their individual patterns, you will be handing them a key to unlock huge potentials that not only will benefit the employee as an individual but will also have great value for your overall company development.
2- Hold Regular Trainings to Teach New Technologies
There are so many programming languages out there a programmer could learn, and your company probably has a unique set of languages your existing staff prefers using more than others. However, it is always a good idea to learn the basics of new programming languages, because:
- You don’t want to be in the dark in a vastly changing market.
- Your clients might approach you wanting their new product developed in that specific language.
- Programming languages help programmers to think better, and help in upping their problem-solving skills in general.
3- Highlight The Importance of Background Planning & Research
As mentioned above, each employee has his own way of learning and also executing, but no matter what kind of approach that person follows when it comes to execution, the importance of planning should be highlighted from day one for each new employee.
Make sure your programmers are properly equipped with:
- Basic knowledge on Pseudocode processes: A process that involves writing down in words the problem and its step-by-step solutions, this can be very beneficial in developing problem-solving skills.
- Basic knowledge on documentations & Blueprints: Each programmer should know how to properly document his code and explain it well, Why? For many reasons, including having to get another programmer involved in the code at some point.
- Problem-solving skills: Before your programmers start coding, they should first be trained on basic problem-solving skills!
- Research skills: In case a new language or a new skill needs to be learned, a good programmer should always know how to research the needed new information, to act upon it the right way.
Here are the things you should not be doing if you really want to keep your existing employees happy or if you want to train the new ones properly:
1- Don’t Push Too Hard!
Don’t put too much pressure on your new employees, this can be achieved by letting them know that:
- Error messages while coding are okay, as long as they learn from them.
- The learning patterns and problem recognition and solving skills take time to develop, and that time is different from one employee to another.
- It is okay to reach out for help, if they feel stuck.
2- Don’t Put Too Much Pressure On Seniors
The seniors are the ones who usually teach and train new employees in-house, however, you as an employer should be aware of the following first:
- Not all senior programmers are good teachers, so if you want your senior programmers to train the new employees, make sure to only select those who actually know how to teach.
- If the training takes up too much time from the seniors, this might hinder and delay their own tasks and deliverables, which might lead to overall frustration.
- Seniors won’t hesitate to leave a work environment if too much pressure stands in the way of their own development, so be careful not to over do the (Senior-should-Train-The- junior) scenario.
Who Should Train New Employees?
If you want to have proper IT training, whether for your new employees or the existing ones, you should pick the right trainers for this task, and since not all of your seniors might have the time or the skills to teach, we strongly advise reaching out to a third external party for training every once in a while.
Transcend can provide the help you need to train new IT employees, or to upgrade the skills of your existing IT staff. We can also get involved way before that, by helping you headhunt new employees and train them well to get them ready for your company, this way and from day one, your new staff will be ready to get actively involved and take on tasks! Reach us out today, and explore the different options we have for you.