Supervisors of Student employees have the responsibility of first orienting new student employees into their department. This includes:
- providing the training necessary to display appropriate professional behavior and also perform their specific working tasks.
- Setting a good example for their employees.
- regularly supervising your employee or trusting that they can work under little supervision.
- Having good, clear communication between employer and employee.
Also remembering that student employees are students first and employees second, make sure to keep in mind students class schedules, and schedule working hours around these accordingly.
Student evaluation is a great way to give constructive feedback and improve student skills and performance. A form to better evaluate students is included in the resource library
During or after a student’s employment you may be asked to provide a reference letter or be included as a reference for contact. If you decide to draft the letter be sure to have all the necessary information needed to effectively write up the document.
There may also be circumstances where you are listed as a reference contact but you were not notified. If employers do call, no matter your impression of the employee, make sure to answer the reference questions in a professional and truthful manner.
Oklahoma State University Human Resources offers optional training opportunities for supervisors through Talent.okstate.edu
. Through this webpage several different trainings are listed with descriptions, including the recommended Supervisor Academy.