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Posted: 24th September 2020
I am wondering if anyone has come up with some good ways to continue junior development during lockdown. We are finding our young graduates and early career employees are not getting the same benefits that they would when they sit side by side and attend meetings with more experienced staff. We are continuing with training programmes and catch ups but I wondered if anyone had found some innovative ways to try to bridge that gap?
I think the participation in those meetings can still occur Dawn, albeit through the use of technology. The big gap, that you’ve identified and I have noticed also is the loss of working alongside more experienced people and being able to listen to and observe how they behave, react and contribute in the actual workplace as and when it happens. One can learn so much listening to an experienced colleague, manager or leader deal with a reactive matter and often nuggets of information can be picked up listening to them in discussion. I think it’s a time for managers to be very conscious of this and to reflect on discussions and actions they’ve had/ taken and to capture these for regular cascades to team members and those going through induction and training. That is, to think above and beyond the nuts and bolts of induction etc and consider the finer details that are requiring a different approach to ensure knowledge is imparted regularly. Was what I did there useful to share?, were my actions there what this organisation is all about and should I let the team know? Not always something that comes naturally; that type of reflection, but we do need to be mindful always that we as managers and leaders are only as good as the team(s) we have and investment in our people is essential. Hope this helps – even if just a little.
Thanks David, I appreciate the response and agree it is about being conscious of these things but not easy as it won’t come naturally.
Hi Dawn, that’s a really good question as we are sure there are plenty of others having a similar concern. Thanks David for your really great advice – we couldn’t have put it better ourselves! Here’s a few other things to consider doing to help in this situation:
We hope this helps. Keep us posted on how you decide to address it.
Disruptive HR Club Team
Thanks this is very useful
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