Interns. There is a lot more to their work than just making coffee runs, data entry or helping move boxes from one location to another.
The benefits of hiring the right interns exceed that of their technical skills or them doing what they have been hired to do, but also the impact they can have on the company as a whole. If you’re on the fence as to whether to start an internship programme for your business, here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing so.
#1 Allows Your Team To Gain Fresh Perspectives & Ideas
With a fresh pair of eyes, interns can help bring new perspectives. More than just an extra pair of hands, they can bring more ideas to the table and even break the status quo.
As new additions to the company, they’ll be adapting to the work culture and may challenge or question the existing work processes. This may not be a bad thing as interns can help raise issues seasoned workers may have missed out on or are afraid to ask, and in turn, help the company improves its work process.
#2 Helping You Refreshing Your Talent Pool
Hiring the right interns is a great way to inject new blood into your business. Fresh hires are relatively more acquainted with the latest technologies and tools. By having them on your team, this means you may get direct access to these valuable skillsets.
With the effectiveness of social media marketing, it’s also important to have the ability to expand your social media outreach – and nothing beats having a social media savvy talent to help you do so. At the same time, the (right) young hires can help to energise and motivate the existing team with their innovative energy, leading to increased productivity.
#3 Interns Are Potential Long-Term Employees
Internship programmes are a great way of test-driving talents. While asking the right interview questions can help to determine if a potential employee is a good fit, nothing beats seeing the individual at work. Not only will you get to evaluate their skills, but you can also understand their work ethics, personalities and determine for themselves if they’re suitable as a long-term hire.
#4 Interns Are Your Best Brand Advocates
A company’s reputation is important, both amongst your customers and workers. Providing fruitful work experience for your interns help to build a positive impression of your company – and while there may not be any social media shoutouts, word-of-mouth sharing can be just as impactful. You never know when the intern’s positive work experience can help attract other talents that you are looking for.
More than just low-wage labour, having interns on your team can make an impact on your business. Especially so if you’re understaffed.
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