Start Here October '22

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20 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 2 to make it their own – to put some Kate Care into it, or some Joe Flow. We need to state that when they want to test a system, they must provide their own additional garments to do the testing on to initiate a production run. at same four to five extra Ts we provided them before are now on them to provide to test their own systems. is puts additional ownership into their hands for their own systems. It also forces Joe and Kate to reality check some of their ideas a little bit harder before trying them, hoping to avoid the employee who will gladly just sit around and challenge what you have in place and "freelance" their own methods nonstop "because it's more fun to do it differently every time." TEST DAYS We, as the trainer/owner/supervisor also want to be there for them while they test their ideas. is is so essential that I highly recommend scheduling a "test day" when they share a new idea with you. Here's the kicker: make it soon, and do not cancel on them! Make their idea a priority; other- wise, you've just blown smoke to them and don't back up your words. Why do training members need to be there? Joe and Kate have what they feel is a great idea, but likely don't have the skill or knowledge to implement it. You can be there to direct their discoveries along the way, answer questions on how this new technique might be best implemented and learn more about your new hire. WAYS TO TRAIN Something we can do as trainers for these positions is to train ourselves. We have our personal learning style, and we likely teach to match our own learning style. Not everyone learns the same. We should grant ourselves the time to develop our lessons in several ways, like written, spoken, enacted, and directed/guided. Written lessons work great via a hand- book with step-by-step processes you implement in your shop. Spoken lessons might be verbally explaining everything in your written step-by-step. To help new hires get used to printing, order a couple extra garments more than you normally would and tell them they have four or so shirts to test with before their production run starts. The five P's: patience, practice, persistence, practicality, patience.

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