So today, whilst doing my day-to-day job of working in a busy office, I overheard two employees having an argument about recruiting inexperienced employees Vs Experienced employees. Could it be more conducive to your business if you were to recruit a trainee over an experienced employee or vice versa? One colleague insisted that they didn’t want to work around inexperienced people who were, and I quote, ‘incapable of doing the job in hand and who will ask a million questions in the process’! The other welcomed the idea, they loved the thought of building a young, exciting environment to work in and whom in fact, maybe able to teach them something new! To be honest, I’m indifferent about it and can see the benefits of both however it triggered me to write my blog as I was interested to hear your thoughts;
Now it’s no secret that someone who is employed as a trainee or apprentice is going to come cheap! Now, its not because they are not worth a decent pay packet because they bring with them many talents, It’s because they need to prove themselves first!
Some people may think its crazy to employ someone that is going to take a lot of time and effort to get up to scratch. Why not just employ someone who can come in and hit the ground running? Well you can, but is that person going to come with fresh ideas and be adaptable to your working environment? Trainees don’t come with pre-conceived ideas and have the passion and hunger that will drive them, to help drive your business. Trainees are malleable and have no worries about working the extra hours to get the job done…they want to learn, they want to please and if paid a lower wage initially, will only increase your profitability. Why would you not want to take someone on who can bring with them the latest techniques and technologies? Why would you not want to take someone on that you can organically grow, who will play a good part in being an ambassador for your business providing you treat them right?
That’s all very well but I can see it from the other side too. Experienced employees will not need to be trained, or have their hands held and can bring with them a wealth of market knowledge. They’ll hit the ground running and be able to work to tight deadlines and get the job done a lot faster. You never know, this person may have strong inside knowledge of your competitors, information that is worth its weight in gold right?! Yes they may cost more money but if their work contributes to you pleasing your clients then it’s certainly a good investment to make. We all know work comes with certain pressures and in some cases, unfortunately, there may be certain conflicts however, with an experienced employee, you’d like to think that they can handle these challenges without having to involve line managers/HR – where lets face it, things could get messy!
Personally I think its good to have the balance. It all depends on the size of your business and what you can or cannot afford to do. I’m sure there are many of you that will have an opinion on this, so feel free to leave your comments. Perhaps there are some advantages (or disadvantages) to each that I’ve missed out – let’s discuss. I’d love to put your comments to my colleagues, who thought they were both right – things got heated, as an experienced member of staff, I thought it only best to avoid the conflict – that’s an experienced member of staff for you.