Student Employment offers staff and faculty the opportunity to work directly with students and to learn more about the students we serve. It gives students training and experience in the workplace, and their efforts can help in the completion of a variety of tasks.
Some students arrive with lots of work experience, but many do not and need supervisor guidance to understand what is expected of them. Student employees of in one area of SAEM recommend that supervisors talk to students about the following items.
Introduce students to people they need to know.
- Example: People who come into the office frequently, including colleagues, customers, supervisors, and managers.
Provide a tour of office and surroundings, including locations of bathrooms, break areas, and places to store backpacks.
Make students feel welcome and help them understand how they contribute to office.
- Example: “We are happy to have you on our team. Here’s how you’ll help us get our work done.”
Give productive criticism that includes both what is done well and where there is room for improvement.
- Example: “The letterhead looks great with the logo, but the logo looks too big. What if we make it smaller?”
Give praise when earned.
- Example: “Good job on creating that letterhead.”
Talk to them about dress code.
Make it clear that if students are to miss work, they need to contact you, and give them your cotact information.
If they don’t know how something runs or works in the office, show them. Let them know it is okay to ask.
- Example: Student – “I don’t know how to use the fax machine.”
- Employer – “That’s ok. Here, let me show you.”
Communicate with them
- Example: “Today I need you to take a look at that memo we went over yesterday. The deadline for this is a week from today. If you have any questions, please ask.”
Check in with students periodically as is appropriate for the work they are doing.
- Example: “So how are you doing on that project?”