Hiring a young person can bring real benefits to your business such as fresh ideas and valuable tech knowledge. How you work with young people can also make a real difference in how they develop and ensure they become a real asset.
Here are simple steps to help you to hire younger staff and get them performing well.
To find the right young staff, it’s a good idea to adapt your interview style and process. Here are some tips for successful interviews:
Employment New Zealand has a guide with tips and practical advice to help you find, hire and develop young staff. It also explains what government support is available. You can find more resources, information and a new youth-focused page on the Employment New Zealand website.
Many school students will be looking into career options and how to get a head start on skills businesses need.
If you’ve hired a young person, remember it could be their first experience of full-time, part-time or casual work. If they’ve come straight from school, they’ll likely be used to having very structured days and direct instructions. To help them adapt and be productive, be clear about what you expect from them, eg to show initiative and in what areas.
It’s also a good idea to: