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Hiring trainable employees is key to your company’s success

Trainability refers to a number of traits that could help an employee be more successful at your company.

Trainability refers to a number of traits that could help an employee be more successful at your company.

As Kenneth McCall explains in Work Babble, employee under performance can often be tied to a lack of understanding of how to do one or more aspects of the job. Hiring employees who are "trainable" can help you overcome these challenges. While this is an attribute companies sometime overlook, McCall suggests that it should become a more important part of the hiring process.

"People like to talk about things like experience, education, and talent when the subject of new employee hiring is raised. Trainability is a consideration you seldom hear about," writes McCall. "Yet when you think about it, trainability is every bit as important as the other characteristics in assessing the makeup of a potential new hire."

While trainability isn't something you can easily quantify like an applicant's experience or degree level, there are certain signs you can look for.

McCall proposes that hiring managers ask the following questions of a job candidate, or try to discern the answers from his or her other responses:

  • Do you demonstrate a history of flexibility and a willingness to adapt to change?
  • Are you the type of person who is able to be a team player?
  • Do you display an eagerness and passion for the job?
  • Are you a quick learner?
  • Are you open-minded?
  • Have you shown a track-record of being dependable and committed?

By centralizing employee and development materials, learning management systems can help firms improve their training and compliance. To learn more about SyberWorks Inc. services or to schedule a product demonstration, please call us at 888-642-7078, email us at info@syberworks.com or register on our site.

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Waltham, MA 02452

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