Transitioning into a new role is something that is exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. But if the employee and the company are prepared for the transition it will be a piece of cake. There are a few steps that both the transitioning employee and the employer can do to make the transition smoother.
What Transitioning Employees can do
- Tie up any loose ends with the current position. This way a complete transition into the new role can happen and the new employee taking the position will be able to start fresh!
- The employee should do their best to completely understand their new role and new responsibilities.
- Learn the technology, equipment and software that are needed in the new position to make the learning curve easier. Especially in the media industry, it is important to continue to learn.
- Need more clarity regarding a task or procedure? Ask a supervisor or coworker. Asking questions to make sure the task is done correctly the first time is the best way to go.
- Be proactive! Once the training schedule is established, be proactive and set up a time with the person doing the training.
What the Employer can do
- Provide a clearly defined training/transitioning schedule, which maps out when tasks will be given.
- Assign employees to help train the transitioning employee. This takes away the guessing of who needs to be available for training and for what task.
- Be available! Everyone is busy and training can take some time out of the daily workload, but being available for the transitioning employee can make the process faster.
- Know what specific tasks, clients, etc. will be the transitioning employee’s responsibility, prior to the transition process taking place.
- Set your expectations for this new role and communicate them to the employee.
Going into the transition well prepared will make it easier, not only on the transitioning employee, but also the company. The employee will get into their new position quicker and it will set them up for success.
TeamPeople is a media staffing company. We work with clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to government agencies to recruit, hire and manage creative and technical media production and AV talent. We combine extensive industry expertise with a passion for what we do to deliver best-in-class solutions for our diverse clients.