Ask The Waldmans
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|Posted on: 12/01/1997|
Ask The Waldmans
With Stanley and Jill Waldman
Hiring A Teen-ager
Dear Waldmans: Lately, I have seen advertisements on television about hiring teen-agers. After thinking about employing a teen-ager at my storage facility, I have decided it would be a good idea. After all, it would give a teen-ager a chance to make money and gain good experience during the summer. Have you ever employed a teen, and if so, what is important in the hiring process? I am sure there are advantages and disadvantages.
--Employing Teens in Vicksburg, Miss.
Dear Employing Teens: I give you a lot of credit for wanting to employ a teen-ager for the summer. So many teens want to work, and either they cannot find a job, or people are just too afraid to hire them. After all, teens need an opportunity to make their own money and learn what work is all about. It not only gives them a chance to learn and grow, but the experience will be endearing for you, as well.
My first experience employing a teen-ager was quite unusual. He wanted to work (or he thought he wanted to work), but he had not figured out what real work involved. It was also my first experience working with a teen, so I had to learn right along with him. I had him cleaning, painting (that was the fun part), spraying for bugs and pulling weeds. After a while, I noticed he needed to take a little break after each chore. It was too hot, or he was just too exhausted for all that manual labor.
In the beginning, it seemed I had to baby-sit him in order for the jobs to get completed. At one point, I felt I could do them a lot faster, rather than following him around the facility. That was my fault. I realized that he needed some guidance. On the other hand, I needed more patience. So, we had a long discussion about how we were going to handle this entire employer/employee situation, and then we came up with a plan.
Here are some suggestions you might want to implement in your own plan to hire a teen-ager:
Several of my teen-agers have come back years later and told me how much they appreciated me giving them a job. That made me feel good, because I questioned whether they really liked me during their employment. Young adults grow through their experiences, and experience is only gained by doing. I give you a lot of credit for traveling into the world unknown. You will not regret giving a teen-ager a chance to learn and grow.