21 Things That Need To Be In Your Intro Employee Training

I am often surprised by the little attention business owners give to intro employee training.

There are two reasons for that: first, not getting the basics of your intro employee training might get you into big legal trouble; and second, the intro training is your chance to win the commitment and devotion of employees from day one (meaning better customer service, improved productivity and less conflict at the workplace).

That’s why it bugs me how little attention is put into this essential training program.

Doesn’t it bug you, too?

Do you want to have an intro training that will not only get your legal grounds covered, but also delight and excite your staff?

The results of effective inter-personal training lead to increased cooperation, innovative ideas, more responsibility, improved integrity and smoother move towards common goals according to a recent study. [UPenn]

Okay, we need outstanding employee training, but how do we do it?

Glad we are on the same page. The question of how might seem overwhelming but it is simpler than you might think. You just start at the bottom and work your way up.

Here is what we mean:

Employee training is a lot like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.




employee training pyramid

Training pyramid by Aquarius Education

You can’t fulfil the top ones without good foundation. One need can be satisfied only after the previous. In the same way, top pyramid training should only be done when the bottom is set up.

UPDATE 4 Sep 2015: No time to read through:

Check the SlideShare here:

We have talked about employment law many times (link to blog post) and recently we published a presentation explaining employee classification in Australia.

This time we are listing what needs to be in the 3 levels of your pyramid so that you comply with employment law, have increasingly improving business performance and keep top talent.

11 Things That You Absolutely Need In Your Intro Employee Training

  1. Work health and safety training. Required by law for all new employees.
  2. Pandemic Risk Management. Required by law for all new employees.
  3. Company policies. Required by law in some cases but necessary to protect you from employee and partner lawsuits.
  4. Social media policies. Necessary to protect you from employee, customer and partner lawsuits.
  5. Customer service policies. Including consumer and competition law requirements. Necessary to protect your reputation and keep your company save from customer and partner lawsuits.
  6. Fire and emergency training. Required by law for all new employees.
  7. Personal protective equipment. Required by law for all new employees in some industries.
  8. Industry-specific/job-specific training. Required by law for all new employees in some specific industries. Show them how the job is done around here even if they have a ton of experience.
  9. Discrimination at work. Required by law in some cases but necessary to protect you from employee and partner lawsuits.
  10. Bullying and harassment at work. Required by law in some cases but necessary to protect you from employee and partner lawsuits.
  11. Workflow and procedures. Most conflicts and work mistakes arise from miscommunication. Tell them how things are done even if it seems obvious.

Now stop.

First of all, go and review your intro training. Go through those 11 items and make sure they are in your intro employee training. If they are not, you are set for getting into big legal trouble.


Okay, great! Let’s look at a few other things that are nice to have in your intro employee training (not legally required) and will promote cooperation, better customer service, transparency and growth.

8 Things That Are Nice To Have In an Intro Employee Training

Don’t forget to always discuss the course of the following with employees first.

1. Job related skills. Helps them to do the job better and grow their career.

2. Non-job related skills. Like languages, software, presentation or public speaking skills.

3. Communication skills. Improves office and work atmosphere and speeds up the work process.

4. What others do. Allow them to look into others work and gain a new perspective to increase empathy, co-operation and understanding.

5. Conflict resolution. More problems solved without your interference, faster work flow, more happy employees and customers.

6. Empathy/listening skills. Listening skills training does miracles for productivity and customer service.

7. Legal training. If they know the legislations related to their work, this can save you time in research, legal fees and lawyer hours (plus the occasional avoided lawsuit). Employees become more confident that they are doing the right thing and integrity increases.

8. Industry-related training. Seminars, networking and team-building create a feeling of value for employees and your business.

And finally, if you are one of those employers that likes to go the extra mile,

3 Things In Intro Employee Training That Delight Your Staff and Makes Them More Productive

1. Leadership training is not only for the managers of your organization. Everyone can and needs to be a leader of their own first. This skill grows the overall quality of performance in the company.

2. Personal development training. Make them feel they are not only growing career-wise but as a person and they will stay loyal longer. This training fulfills a basic human need for growth and they apply it in your business directly.

3. Job rotation. They will be happy to apply new skills, learn new things and maybe discover a hidden talent.

The into employee training that you design is the first face of the company new employees get to know – make it representative for who you are and what your business stands for.

Start with legally required training and regulations that concern the law because you want to inspire a culture of integrity and transparency. Add extra training that will enrich the work experience of your staff and allow them to produce better results. And finally, allow employees to grow and prosper if you want them to commit to the company.

What stage is your intro employee training at?

Find but and move forward from there, one item at a time.

After you review your intro employee training, come back to this list and choose the items you want to add. Then create a step by step plan of how you are going to do that, set measurable goals for you and your employees and discuss them at length with each team member.

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Is legal not part of your intro employee training? Get in touch to discuss ways you can incorporate legal in your intro employee training for less legal fees and court days.