Shadow me – not so much
Lorrie suddenly quit her job. Because enough was enough. And it wasn’t actually so sudden. She’d given it “the ol’ college try”. But after multiple weeks of frustration at her new job, she threw in the towel. And it wasn’t because the job was too much for her. Her anxiety and frustration were due to the disorganized lack of training. The person assigned to train her used the old “shadow me” method of job training. And, as predictable as it almost always is, that went over like a lead balloon.
So, why doesn’t the shadow me method work?
Good workers are willing to be lead. In fact, as a new worker in a new job, you need guidance. So, that’s not the problem. Problem is, people wanna work with people…and follow people…who make them feel confident. And you don’t feel confident when you’re just being a shadow. Especially when the person you follow spends most of the time “putting out fires.” Right?
I’m not kidding about this. I’ve heard this more times than I can count, when it comes to the hiring and training section of my RondaReady online business coach CRM system. “I’ll just have them shadow me.”
Hmm…OK, on your bright and shiny business days, shadow time might be fine. But what about all those overcast business days? Those times when new and unforeseen issues pop up. And you’ve got to come up with solutions. Those are times when it’s so much fun to have someone shadowing you. Right? Not!
So, where does the shadow go when your day gets cloudy?
That’s probably anybody’s guess. Wherever it is, it’s probably costing you money. Because now you have a new employee who doesn’t have enough (or anything productive) to do. And without a backup plan in place, ahead of time, you’ve just added fuel to those fires you’re trying to put out.
But guess what? Jump on board with my proven system today, and I can help you be ready to put out the fires, and…
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