We began our project, like most, with a pre-engagement meeting to help familiarize everyone with the data and the client. The concepts we were covering were fairly foreign to our new employee and rarely covered in the college classroom.
As the director and I began explaining the engagement to the new associate, it became obvious we were overwhelming him. Overwhelming an employee is not good—it can discourage growth, cause unnecessary stress, and brew resentment.
Here are five signs you may be overwhelming someone:
My solutions (as of now):
The following day, I followed my own advice and it worked out really well. The new employee learned the programs, as well as the technical concepts, and we accomplished a fair amount on our second day.
What methods do you use to prevent overwhelming new employees?
Brandon Alsup graduated from Marquette University with a degree in accounting. He is working for a Big Four accounting firm in Milwaukee while seeking a master's degree in taxation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Brandon blogs his ideas and experiences on Newly Corporate. He hopes to help other generation Ys navigate the working world and avoid the mistakes he's made.
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