Step Right Up: The Victory Bell of Training
The day I became a Dragon Wagon Roller Coaster operator.
Waiting outside the fairgrounds. With roller blades on. A man approached me. He asked if I wanted to work for the carnival. Intrigued by the spontaneity of the offer, I said yes. Within half-an-hour, I found myself operating a kids’ ride, with a pair of flip-flops and a newly-issued photo ID in hand.
As I reflect on my absurd experience, I can’t help but think about the importance of proper onboarding and training for new employees. Sure, I was able to operate a kids’ ride, but was it really a good idea to have someone off the street running a ride for children?
You likely share a similar story. Hired and thrown into action. Contemplating your own onboarding experiences, let’s venture forth and explore the crucial components of successful onboarding and training. After all, whether operating a carnival ride or leading a Fortune 500 corporation, a thorough training program is how we can “step right up” and swing at the bell of success.
Swinging at the Bell of Success
Although the carnival’s ability to hire a new employee so swiftly may seem remarkable, it could also give you pause during your next visit. As you contemplate riding the ferris wheel, you might wonder about the extent of training the staff received.
Getting an employee comfortable with their new role is a large task. After onboarding them to their role, you hope that they’ll be familiar with more than just the basics, like finding the on-off switch.
While the need for rapid onboarding may sometimes be necessary, it’s also necessary that new employees receive proper training, especially when safety is a concern.
According to OSHA, safety training can save at least $4 to $6 for every $1 invested. Implementing a training program and prioritizing safety awareness creates a safe working culture. Organizations with trained employees experience lower injury and fatality rates, highlighting the crucial role of safety training.
Swinging the hammer to success entails ensuring accessible and organized information, empowering employees to swiftly find the answers they need.
Ringing the Bell of Success
Onboard and train employees into a safety culture.
To ensure a thorough onboarding experience, you can:
- Start the process early. It can start before the employee’s first day.
- Provide structured, well-planned programs that focus on safety and role-specific training.
- Encourage open communication and feedback between new employees and their supervisors to address any questions.
In the end, the carnival onboarding experience serves as a reminder.
A reminder of the importance of proper training and onboarding. In any work environment, safety and success intertwine.
Much like a carnival ride, thrilling and fast-paced, the onboarding journey can be exhilarating. But without proper guidance, the ride may be cut short, leaving both the employee and the organization at risk.
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