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18 graphics-pro.com S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 2 By Josh Kice A be Lincoln is quoted as saying, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first four sharpening the axe." When you are start- ing up a new business or taking on a new segment of the industry, training employees and yourself should be that early preparation that you make before you start chopping away. Whether you just hired someone on, a team member got promoted, or a spouse is stepping in to help with an increased production schedule, it is so important to have the right tools to train some- one in the printing industry. MAKING MISTAKES This is a hands-on industry. Get your new hires (Joe, we'll call him), or promoted employ- ees (Kate, as we'll call her), hands on as early as you can and as often as you can! ere will be mistakes made. Allow mistakes to happen and react to them calmly. How you react when someone is training will dictate how they react to every mistake they make after that. If you can approach mistakes as a chance to learn something and get better, it instills that same mindset in someone who is starting some- thing new. Foster employee retention and establish quality in your production processes Josh Kice is a 10-year screen- printing vet out of Denver, Colorado. He's worked in small to mid-sized shops throughout that time. In his 10 years of printing and designing, Josh volunteered as a firefighter in Golden, Colorado, for a brief stint where he developed his business idea and model for Ink & Drink, a DIY screen-printing bar based in Denver's Santa Fe Art District. EMPLOYEE TRAINING TIPS for Screen-Printing Shops You need to paint a very clear picture of Point A, Point B, and any steps in between, that you feel are an absolute "do as I do." (All images courtesy Josh Kice)

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