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Guidelines for job shadowing



There has been increased interest recently in job shadowing as a development opportunity within my organisation.

I was wondering if anyone currently ran a job shadowing scheme and if they had any best practice guidelines that you could share?

Many thanks


3 Responses

  1. agreement

    Hi Beatrice

    When I ran a shadowing scheme we worked out a clear agreement; it covered;

    1. What does the shadow want to get out of this? (this includes the organisational "want" for the shadow)

    2. What does the "caster" get out of this?

    3. How long will it last?

    4. Confidentiality (both ways)

    5. Limits of activity (is the shadow just an observer? or can they be involved in activity as well; if so, what?)

    6. Evaluation; how and when will we report on the achievement of the objectives (1&2 above) and what "side effects" (positve and negative) have resulted

    7. Sharing; can the shadow share their learning with their usual team members/colleagues after the shadowing.

    Setting these parameters at the outset really made it work for us.

    I hope this helps

    Rus Slater

  2. Shadow Workers

    — One of our trainers does voluntary work when he’s not busy.He’s helped one charity develop a new titlle and role for volunteers – SHADOW WORKERS!!!

    And they now  have protocols etc in place for himself and others!!!

    Drop me a line if you would like a copy

    [email protected]




    QED Training

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