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Job Shadowing - A Basic Guide

What is it?

Job Shadowinf is a great way to understand another person's role, to see how they approach situations and to learn more about the organisation and alternative styles and approaches to work.

How does it work?

You spend some time, usually a day, with someone whilst they carry out the normal duties for their job.

Job shadowing works most effectively when both individuals benefit, and are clear about what they want to achieve from the experience.

Job Shadowing is a flexible form of development and if you are interested you will need to speak to your line manager in the first instance, ideally as part of your Staff Development and Review meeting. Your line manager will need to understand the following sorts of things before agreeing:

  • What role or who do you want to job shadow?
  • What would you gain from this?
  • How would this help you in your current role or in achieving your objectives?
  • How would this help in achieving your career objectives?
  • How long would you expect to need?

Once the line manager had given this some consideration they can determine whether to proceed and, if necessary, seek the agreement of the individual you wish to shadow and their line manager where appropriate.

For further information on job shadowing, please contact your HR Advisor.