Companies thrive when they invest in their people. Teaching and training are essential to the success of both an intern and an employee. Training requires an invest of time and the costs to retrain are also often high. Frequent staff turnover or extended vacancies can be detrimental to a business. Low staff morale caused by being overworked or undervalued can lead to decreased productivity. Companies also lose employees for ‘good’ reasons such as promotions, attainment of degrees or certifications, relocation, parenthood, or retirement. The bottom line is that less work completion equals less income.
How do you fill vacancies sooner, spend less time retraining, and increase employee retention? With a strong internship program.
A strong internship program allows businesses to have a continuous pool of committed, qualified candidates.
Here are 18 Things To Do To Develop Your Intern Into A Great Employee:
- Commit To The Process
- Get To Know Your Intern
- Show Mutual Respect
- Develop Trust
- Be A Mentor
- Set Clear Expectations
- Offer Continuous Learning Opportunities
- Assign Substantive Work
- Create A Positive Business Culture
- Provide Adequate Materials and Resources
- Ask Questions and Listen To The Answers
- Pair Them With A Seasoned Employee
- Make Professional Connections
- Recognize Good Work
- Ask Them To Share What They Learn
- Give Constructive Feedback
- Set Up Goals and Milestones
- Help Them Create A Career Development Plan
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Nicki Sanders is a cupcake lover with a passion for self-discovery and career development. She has a strong background in developing and managing interns and successful internship programs. She is an accomplished manager, professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has packaged her Master of Social Work degree and 20 years of diverse work experience into Packaged For Success, a full service training and professional development company.
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