TRIPLE III TIME: Job Shadowing (An Established Policy?)

This TRIPLE III TIME message is targeted to every employing business and organization… and inclusive of both the private and public sectors.  And as you read along, think about whether your Personnel Policy Handbook has a small section totally devoted to Job Shadowing?  In these times of worker shortages and the multiple efforts to identify new, good employees, consider how open your group is to allowing Job Shadowing?

I believe the simple action of offering Job Shadowing in your workplace is a totally over-looked opportunity by future job candidates and every employing organization.  Most people really have very little knowledge about what happens on a day-to-day basis and the production expectations of jobs in all fields of employment.  This knowledge/awareness gap is even magnified today given the heightened workplace health concerns and increased use of technology.

What am I recommending?  First consider the following questions:Hi I guess we are job shadow partners

  • Do you/your company really, progressively employ Job Shadowing opportunities?
  • Does your business have a written policy promoting it?
  • Can you even name one (1) person as a past Job Shadowing example?
  • Where do you promote/advertise that we (our organization) endorse Job Shadowing?
  • Is our Job Shadowing policy open to everyone or maybe just high school and college students? (Why limited?)

Today I think all employers need to adopt a pro-active approach to Job Shadowing.  Do NOT wait to be asked if someone can job shadow in your workplace…ADVERTISE IT!  Also do NOT assume people know what work gets done inside your workplace… ACCURATELY TELL THEM.  Job Shadowing may be a key short and long-term recruitment benefit!

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at: mpichla@inspiringinnovationsllc.com

Posted on May 28, 2021, in LEADERSHIP - ALWAYS!, Triple III. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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