Why You Should Train Your Fashion Replacement
A common fear that many fashion industry professionals face at some point in their career is that they will be replaced by their own assistant or trainees. Ouch! That would definitely not feel good. I am going to tell you why you should absolutely train your fashion replacement.
I have unfortunately heard several colleagues throughout my years in the industry voice their concerns about this topic. They fear that if their assistant can essentially do their job, then why wouldn’t the management fire them and get the same work out of the assistant for less pay? Similarly, they may worry that they will go through the trouble of training this junior person only to have them leave and they would have to train someone new all over.
I just want to squash this fear or concern right now. I am going to tell you four reasons you should absolutely train your own replacement! Yes, you read that correctly.
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Prove You Are A Good Manager
When you are given the opportunity to train someone under you this means that your boss thinks enough of your skills that they feel you have the potential to manage. This means that when you are training someone else your boss is secretly watching to see how well you do it. Is your trainee picking up on things quickly? Are they having to ask a million questions or bother other colleagues to figure it out? If so, you are actually demonstrating that you are not able to accurately explain the job details to another person well. That’s not good! You need to train other people to the absolute best of your abilities. When you are a great trainer colleagues see you as a leader and will depend on you for direction. A quick and easy way to do this is to create your own Fashion PlayBook which I wrote about in a previous post.
You Can’t Move Up Without A Replacement
Many people fear that if someone else can do their job as well as them, then their job may become in jeopardy. In reality, if you do not train someone to be as wonderful at your job as you are then you are limiting your own job growth. Think about it this way. If another opportunity becomes available within your organization that you would want to apply for, your manager may feel they can’t afford to lose you unless there is someone else there waiting in the wings. So, train your little birdies to fly!
Give Yourself More Time To Shine
Another great reason to train your fashion replacement is to give yourself more time to do the things you really enjoy about your job. Yes, it does take time out of your very busy day to train someone and train them well. But the truth is the faster you get them up to speed and working as efficiently as possible the more time you will have yourself. This means time to take on additional responsibilities or more time to take on a new project. If you have more time to contribute more to the organization you will be their shining star!
Great Trainers Have Great Reputations
Sometimes it seems that we do nothing but train colleagues just to have them leave and we have to start over again. This might happen for several reasons that are out of your control. Maybe the organization is small and there is little room for growth. In this situation, all I can tell you is your hard work to train these people is not in vain. Everyone takes notice of a great manager or a great trainer including your boss. Yes, these people may move on, but they are going with the knowledge that you helped make them who they are. And you never know. The fashion industry is small and people talk. Your good deeds will reach the right ears and may be the source of your next opportunity! So, don’t worry and go ahead and train your fashion replacement.
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