A trial shift for new employees

Screening new employees and figuring out if they will work long-term is easy with the trial shift. You can invite those you are thinking of hiring along to work at least two shifts in the business. Of course you’ll pay them, think of it as paying to make sure that person is right for your business. It’s a good trade off – if other staff, managers or you can’t work with that person, they’re much harder to get out of the business than they are to get in.

Introduce them to existing staff

Use a trial shift for new employees. This allows the existing staff to get to know the new person, to see if they can work with them, and to assess their skills in a real-time, fast-paced retail environment. In some senses, it’s a ‘sink or swim’ trial shift, but it also gives you a good idea of their adaptability. Don’t worry – any productivity you use from having the new person on the store will be made up by you working alongside them (you should definitely watch them closely!). See how they interact with customers, how they handle pressure, how they interact with staff alongside them.

A fresh perspective

A trial shift for new employees also gives the new hire a sense of what it’s really like to work in the business. If they are really engaged, they will often come back with insightful questions – use this fresh perspective to explore what they like, what they don’t like, and DEFINITELY ask them what they think could be improved. You’ll be surprised at the insights!

Pay them for their hard work

Make sure you pay them – just make sure you’ve got them to come in 30 minutes before starting time to fill out the necessary paperwork. That’s often forms like a tax form, bank details, and any agreements you need them to sign.

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