Job shadowing can help your new employee immensely when they start their new position. It can be very daunting to walk into a new job, irrespective of whether they have been involved in that type of role before.  Allowing the new employee to job shadow an existing employee or the employee who is leaving, can help boost their confidence and actually get them hitting the ground running when they do take over 100%.

Very often, companies arrange the job shadowing for a few hours a week, if their current employment allows, or sometimes, even after hours or weekends.

A few pointers to take into account when bringing job shadowing into your company processes:

  • Be sure to let the new employee know that the first week requires a job shadow arrangement
  • Let them know that it is paid or if you are slipping the job shadow stage in before they actually start, inform them that there is no pay involved
  • Ensure the job shadow takes the employee through a typical day in the life of that position – the good, the bad and the ugly – as close to the truth as you can
  • Make sure the person managing the job shadow (the shadowee – as it were) is aware of the process and gives the employee all the facts positively – in fact, ensure there is an agenda for each day
  • Teach the employee about the company history, the company values and what they can expect when it comes to office socials, reviews and any other company related activities outside of their normal duties
  • Give the job shadower homework each day, so that they can learn and come up with questions the next day

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