Experiential Programs To develop teamwork and leadership skills some

Experiential programs to develop teamwork and

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Experiential Programs To develop teamwork and leadership skills, some organizations enroll their employees in a form of training called experiential programs. In experiential programs, par- ticipants learn concepts and then apply them by simulating the behaviors involved and analyzing the activity, connecting it with real-life situations. 29 In France, some businesses are signing up their managers to attend cooking schools, where they whip up a gourmet meal together. Jacques Bally, who works for a school run by one of France’s top chefs, says cooking is a great way to learn teamwork: “It’s like in any squad, everyone is responsible for playing their part; they have their own tasks but a common objective—and if they want to eat in the end, then they have to get the meal ready.” 30 Experiential training programs should follow several guidelines. A program should be related to a specific business problem. Participants should feel challenged and move outside their comfort zones but within limits that keep their motivation strong and help them understand the purpose of the program. One form of experiential program, called adventure learning, uses challenging, structured outdoor activities, which may include difficult sports such as dogsledding or mountain climbing. Other activities may be structured tasks like climbing walls, completing rope courses, climbing ladders, or making “trust falls” (in which each trainee stands on a table and falls backward into the arms of other group members). The impact of adventure learning programs has not been rigorously tested, but participants report they gained a greater understanding of themselves and the ways they interact with their co-workers. One key to the success of such programs may be that the organization insist that entire work groups participate together. This encour- ages people to see, discuss, and correct the kinds of behavior that keep the group from performing well. The “HR Oops!” box shows one potential limitation of adventure learning. Experiential Programs Training programs in which participants learn concepts and apply them by simulating behaviors involved and analyzing the activity, connecting it with real-life situations. Adventure Learning A teamwork and leadership training program based on the use of challenging, structured outdoor activities.
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206 PART 2 Acquiring and Preparing Human Resources Before requiring employees to participate in experiential programs, the organi- zation should consider the possible drawbacks. Because these programs are usually physically demanding and often require participants to touch each other, companies face certain risks. Some employees may be injured or may feel that they were sexually harassed or that their privacy was invaded. Also, the Americans with Disabilities Act (discussed in Chapter 3) raises questions about requiring employees with disabilities to participate in physically demanding training experiences.
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