Workplace Essential Skills – Asking Questions

Workplace Essential Skills – Asking Questions

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We encourage questions early on with the idea that the only bad question is that question not asked and so we encourage all of the students to ask questions. We talk about the necessity for asking questions once you get in the workplace. For example, if you have a drawing and you’re not really sure of the diameter or the angles you should ask the question because people make mistakes. It’s easier to ask up front than to make a part that isn’t in spec because you didn’t understand the drawing. There’s a fine line between figuring something out for yourself and then knowing that you don’t have the information or the knowledge base yet to understand something so being able to recognize that this is information I need, I need it now and I need to learn this and going to somebody that you are comfortable with or that you feel like does know the answer, going to those people and getting that information to better yourself and better the team really. If you don’t know something you’ve got to ask. That’s the best way to learn something. Just assuming that you know everything, especially in line operation like we do, everything is changing all the time. There are processes that get updated as technology improves, et cetera. There’s always a learning opportunity so the first step it would be definitely ask questions and just because you don’t know something there just might be always somebody that knows.

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