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How long should it *normally take to get up to speed in a new position?

  • 21-01-2023 7:31pm
    Registered Users Posts: 870 ✭✭✭ I am me123


    How long should it normally take (on average) to get fully up to speed with a new role, especially if the work involved systems that that employee is not familiar with, and have no experience using these in a previous post?

    Thank you.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,050 ✭✭✭ antimatterx

    6 months minimum imo to get somewhat ok. At least a year to get solid.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,135 ✭✭✭✭ 28064212

    How long is a piece of string? In a call centre, follow-the-script scenario, you could be dropped if you're not productive within a week. If it's a technical position covering a score of legacy systems with little to no documentation and a requirement for 5 nines availability, it might be two years or more before you're considered knowledgeable enough to operate unsupervised

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,886 ✭✭✭ the_amazing_raisin

    It depends a lot on the person, the job and how relevant their experience was to the job at hand

    In general for a complex job it would take almost anyone around 6 months to really start contributing properly

    The most important thing is that if you're having trouble in a job role to let your manager know and they can get you help

    It can be a bit daunting to ask loads of questions of people and look like an idiot, but you'll look like a bigger idiot of you leave it too late

    The only stupid questions are the ones you didn't ask

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,534 ✭✭✭ Padre_Pio

    I use a 6 month rule with people.

    6 months to learn the role, get up to speed with the team, get to know the team and build relationships, complete any training required and have a chance to use it.

    Only then will someone be comfortable and confident enough to handle the role without any oversight.

  • Registered Users Posts: 377 ✭✭ WealthyB

    6 months IMO, and that's why we have probationary periods. With my staff they have a lot of separate processes to learn; they're started on high volume transactions that require little training before being introduced to the more complex processes. That being said, you should know after 4 weeks whether someone will be a fit or not.

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