I always emphasize for our trainees to just ask if they need help or have any questions.

But damn, some of them just keep asking about everything! It almost feels like they don’t think to themselves at all..

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    You have to make a dedicated time for them to ask.Maybe at the start or end of the work day.That usually give them time to work out the problem themselves and limited the obvious question from being asked.
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    Try asking them for their opinion first before you give yours?
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    Or you could ask them leading question instead of answering them?
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    One of my senior in work give quality advice & answer when being asked. But usually he will ask what solution has I thought/tried, why it didnt work, etc.
    Bottom line is dont spoonfeed people, it makes them lazy.
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    i was like this before. my senior wouldn't answer my questions unless i searched and tried every possible solution i fould.

    but he wouldn't give the answers right away, he'd give solutions to solve the problem.
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    @darkmodeon It's better this way if it's not something time sensitive.. You learn much more if you try to figure things out yourself and if you're only given hints and bits of the answer..

    In terms of junior/senior help this proverb pops in my mind:
    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

    If you just shoot out the answer to the problem they will never learn how to solve/think for themselves..if you point them in a right direction, discuss things over, you may have an option for student to surpass the master someday.. and this is what it's all about, at least in my view.
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