ECE _DSST _ Human Resource MGMT

When assisting young managers to plan their careers

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When assisting young managers to plan their careers, companies should be mindful that young people seek meaningful, challenging, assignments and so some companies have introduced fast-track programs so that these individuals can follow an accelerated career path. These programs allow for diverse, challenging, important assignments requiring a high level of responsibility from the young managers. This will encourage these managers to stay on for rapid career advancement, rather than moving to another organization.
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Training programs need to be designed based on the teaching objectives, trainee readiness and motivation, principles of learning and teacher characteristics . Companies will want to select teachers that are good at imparting knowledge to the employees. The characteristics of good teachers include thorough knowledge of subject taught, sense of humor, adaptability and enthusiasm. The teaching objectives of a training program are the desired outcomes of the program whereas trainee readiness and motivation refers to the experience and background knowledge that is required for trainees to successfully undergo the program. Trainees who are mature and experienced enough will be better prepared to attend such programs. Hence, trainees should be screened to ensure that they are suitable candidates for the relevant training programs. Adhering to the principles of learning will ensure that the participants can understand and remember what they have been taught. In order for a training program to succeed trainees must not only understand but also remember what has been taught. The 8 principles of learning are goal setting, individual differences, active practice and repetition, whole-versus-part learning, massed-versus-distributed learning, feedback and reinforcement, meaningfulness and presentation and finally modeling . Modeling refers to learning through observation and then by actually doing it. So for example, if a company is training its employees how to sew; the training should include both a hands-on and a visual presentation portion. Goal setting clarifies the purpose of training by focusing and motivating behavior or it can simply lay down the map for the training program, its purposes and key learning points. By taking time to explain the purposes and reasons for the training, then the interest levels of the participants rise and hence focuses and motivates behavior. The meaningfulness of the presentation refers to the delivery of training materials in a fashion which the trainees can readily relate to, whereas individual differences refers to the accommodation of the different styles of learning presented by the students. Different people learn differently and at different rates. So, for example, some people learn better through a visual presentation whereas others prefer an audio presentation.
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