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Modeling fairness with your apprentice

Being fair to your apprentice is one of the best ways to develop a sound working and learning relationship.

Without fairness there is a lack of equality which contributes to a lack of trust and consequently a lack of performance. Being fair costs nothing yet pays huge dividends for both you (as the host) and the apprentice.

Here are some powerful ways to demonstrate fairness on the job site:

  • Recognise effort. Even if they don’t always get it right, at least they have tried.
  • When allocating work ensure the apprentice receives access to the same type of experiences and opportunities.
  • Don’t just give your apprentice menial work; share tasks such as cleaning up.
  • Treat the apprentice as you would treat yourself. Don’t be mean spirited by treating the apprentice as a second-class worker.
  • Don’t set double standards.
  • If you say you are going to do something for the apprentice, do it.
  • Recognise that the apprentice is human and sometimes things go wrong in their day - just like you.\
  • Make allowances for the fact that the apprentice is a learner. Yes, they are there to add to your productivity, but they must learn to be productive.
  • When judging their performance or behavior, consider all the facts.
  • If the apprentice puts in a fair amount of extra time be prepared to pay them.
  • Call the apprentice by their first name, don’t treat them differently from other team members
  • The apprentice must understand that they are part of a team and can call on the expertise of others.
  • Give the apprentice a lot of positives but you will need to pull them up when necessary.
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