Training the new person might seem like a thankless chore; it involves neglecting you normal duties to baby-sit and constantly correct someone new to the job. Okay, Cynical Cindy take it easy because there are some unseen and surprising benefits to training new hires. No none of them involve the ability to take out your rage via office supplies on the newbie…you know you should really seriously consider some counseling, after you read this article of course.
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1. Fresh Perspectives
You have been suckling on the teat of your organization since you started working there and although the cognitive milk that you’ve been reared on is nutritious, it has also you left you with some dietetic deficiencies. Having someone that has never tasted your organization’s sweet teat juice before will bring a fresh eye to your tasks and the challenges that are presented. This can be infinitely beneficial, especially if you find yourself at an impasse or bottleneck when trying to meet your deadlines. Being stuck is often just a stubborn adhesion to a specific perspective and by having someone that approaches it with a different point of view can help you shift your perspective, too.
2. The Perky Potential
New employees are usually obscenely perky, they bounce around the office being social, they work with the dedication of a stoner trying to legalize marijuana in their home state by furiously playing ukulele in the local college quad and they are cheesier than the love child of a Care-bear and a My Little Pony. Behold what motivation looks like my dark cynical friend. And no matter how much you try to resist, you have to admit you’ve been smiling a bit more since the new person started working (although it could also be the psychotropic drugs you have been taking to stop you from stabbing their perky ass to death with a letter-opener). Just to add insult to injury, you are doing it subconsciously, due to the whimsically named chameleon effect. Basically this effect is the subconscious mimicking of another person’s behaviors, mannerisms and postures when you are in close proximity or you are interacting with them. Although you consider yourself a heartless cold shell of a human, you are not immune from the tricks your brain plays on you. So, just by being in close proximity to that new hire can make you a happier and better employee.
3. The Organizational Occurrence
Like I mentioned in the introduction, training a new employee might mean negating some of your daily duties or trying to condense them into a smaller period of time. The only way to do this is by developing a highly organized system, having and adhering to a strict schedule and not allowing yourself to procrastinate. So yes, in another strange twist of fate that smiling, perky, intolerable human you are training is again making you a better employee.
Do you know of any other benefits of training a new employee? Let us know in the comment section below.