Job shadowing is the process of a new employee, or an employee switching positions, following and observing a senior employee in order to learn about their job and help with job training. It provides a mentor for the new employee and helps them learn what it takes to be successful in that position. Job shadowing essentially helps the new employee to get adjusted and better prepared for their new position.

In smaller companies, job shadowing is very important. By observing an employee who is already familiar with the position’s tasks, responsibilities and skills as well as the organization’s practices and regulations the company can save valuable time on employee training. Within a shorter amount of time, the employee can be ready to take on their new position.

Job shadowing allows for two-way feedback and the exchange of ideas and knowledge. The new employee can ask questions and gain experience while they are working. The senior employee helps the new employee to get accustomed to the company and the position, while ensuring that the new employee gets to know each of their coworkers.

Job shadowing helps new employees to gain experience about how to solve problems and deal with issues that may arise at work. Assisting a senior employee to deal with an issue can build confidence and competence in a new employee.

Building relationships is yet another benefit of job shadowing. New employees learn each of their coworkers’ roles and how their own position affects the overall team. Employees work together to ensure the success of the company, and job shadowing helps to instill this cooperative value. It is a valuable learning experience for new employees.