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Are the interns driving you nuts: Learn to treat them well
« on: July 20, 2013, 01:53:25 PM »
Working with interns can test your patience and slow your work down. But with careful manicuring, the experince might be rewarding.


My colleague is facing one of the hardest tasks in her work life – dealing with a set of interns. I get to hear details about her hardships frequently these days. Yes, it is a common story in the companies that employ a lot of interns. So if you have them on, you obviously cannot brush off your hands. I agree it is difficult to work with young people, freshly brewed from college but expert handling right from the beginning helps in extracting good work from them. Just start thinking of them as ‘untapped resource for information, culture and new skill sets, the better off you'll be.’

 

All interns coming to work in reputed companies are edgy about their performance. It is a daunting task for them to work with experienced people who know their job well, and yes, better at it too. Therefore, calm their fears and project confidence in them so that they open up and become warm to their surroundings. Even if the work means trivial to you, make them understand the importance of the work and how it will contribute to the big picture in future. The onus of their responsibility will make them work earnestly which will in turn be benefitting for the job.

 

Never slight them at work. Yes, they are interns but it does not mean they should be treated any different from other employees. The minute you give them as much importance as any peer, you will receive their knowledge, insights and experience for the project. It helps in getting a fresh view on the task and makes you get a whole new perspective on the case.

 

Since most of the interns have no experience to record, it becomes easier to mould them. On one hand, their approach to work is new and innovative which can be helpful to you and on the second hand they will not be rigid to the ways taught as it is their first brush with the corporate. Therefore it is a classic win-win situation.

 

Make sure to expose them to varied surroundings. If your project ends then try sharing them with other teams.  They will benefit greatly if they work with different teams. Some might be tad difficult to handle at first, but with time and strict scrutiny things will fall in line.
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