Has anyone here done any job shadowing of any kind?
Did it prove useful?
it's not a part of the role that i like. "hey sit here while I mistype things and pine after the internet!"
Probably better for people who've not worked before too
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or a part of the solution?
I don't even know what job shadowing is - I've never even heard the term before - although I can probably guess. Involves sundials, right?
But sundials makes more sense.
I'm going to use that sometime
Makes you realise that while you muddle through and sort everything with the least possible effort, its all a house of terribly stacked cards that comes crashing down if anyone sees what shit you actually pull.
I'm not a fan warny, not a fan.
Beginning to regret that now.
It seemed ridiculously pointless.
All I got out of it was growing frustration about how inefficiently some people use computers.
but when I was shadowed last week, I was all over the shop.
it's when you see people who blatantly don't have a blind fucking clue doing things the slowest possible way that brings on involuntary wincing.
The poor lad was work experience too, and clearly just didn't give a shit, so noone won :/
But I can't really see why, as you get older, anyone's going to be interested in a job but not able to form a coherent idea of what people in that job actually do...
meant to be offered to more junior staff to get a bit of experience at the next level. Well intentioned, but I'm not sure how succesful it would actually be.
I'd say better plans would be either:
a) Giving junior staff the opportunity to sit in on some higher-level meetings.
b) Actually have some sort of process where junior staff members can have some work that more senior people would usually do - interesting stuff rather than just the stuff senior managers want shot of - handed down to them once a week or something.
Ultimately the people whose job really shouldn't be to train everyone end up being asked to train someone in the least efficient way, and also a way less likely to encourage that person to think for themselves.
Still, I look forward to the people who shadow you, warny: "So, when I've entered five rows on the spreadsheet I check the Drowned in Sound social board for 5-10 minutes? Just a minute, I need to write this down..."
Mostly because I don't know the answers to most of their questions and want to be left alone to look at the internet in peace. We're also specifically not allowed to ask them to make tea either, so absolutely no-one wons.
it was only when actually using the systems and doing stuff that it made any sense. People shadowing me isn't much fun either, you have to explain every single click you do, it makes me realise how much I randomly refresh pages or open outlook for no reason.
pretty tricky though.
Commentators every week just before the pugil sticks:
"Look at Shadow with his intense, staring eyes. So intense, so scary looking. Amazing how he stares for so long without blinking. Terrying.
A few months later
"Shadow sacked for cocaine use".
I smell a conspiracy theory in the making.
No-one likes surprises.
did you hear about that time former gladiators star Jefferson King went to Middlesbrough FC in the early noughties in search of a job? one of the (very racist) staff mistook him for one of the players and exclaimed, 'Joseph Desire Job?', to which he replied, 'Actually it's 'Jefferson', but yes, what have you got?'.
but really, I think we need something for which the punchline is simply "job shadowing" and we're not leaving this smoke-filled room until we have it
think the people want something Wolf-focused
Elements of joke (compulsory)
Punchline = 'job shadowing'
Elements of joke (optional)
Mention of Joseph Desire-Job
Gladiators theme (possibly move this up to 'compulsory' section, seeing as need for wolf-focus)
Some link with Cliff Richard?
Drum n Bass?
I workshop alone
You're all fired
Please see the gold at the bottom of the thread.
But replaced by mentoring. Anyone done any mentoring?
No, me neither.
I'm trying to get this Gladiator joke over the line - can't concentrate for all the chat in here
It's better. They try to do it and then come to you to show them how when they're stuck.
In order to encourage them to find the answer themselves you can increase the amount of apparent irritation you show whenever they drag you away from using the internet.
That's what I should have gone with
it's... just your favorite dj saviour
I thought I told you to scan it.