people of attainments take easily to a plan of self-improvement. Only a few
stubborn ones will blunder on, painfully, out of the luxuriant world of their
pretensions into the desert of mortification and reward. Patrick White
Personal development is about the progression of people with regard to
their skills, experience and the way in which they approach their work.
Organizations need to develop the job related skills of their employees.
However, general skills are also required, such as report writing, presentation
techniques, telephone manner and interpersonal relationships. Although all staff
can benefit from some form of training, there are
those people who have limited scope or motivation for self-development.
can take a number of forms, which are appropriate to the stages of a
with new employees being
told what the organization is all about and their role in it. Many organizations
spend much time training new recruits with Japanese companies being particularly
good. Some organizations take a year over induction training with time spent by
all new joiners liaising with customers and actually making the products or
delivering the services. However, most organizations lose momentum when it comes
to training existing employees.
throughout a person's career, including the upgrading of skills and knowledge
through 'on-the-job' training, classroom lectures, or self-study. This may be given by the organization itself or
externally. It may involve
employees attending colleges, training companies or being seconded to other
organizations. Surveys have shown that for most organizations training is at a
maximum for the 20-30 year age group, with those in their 50s receiving half the
amount and those in their 60s less than a quarter.
- at the end of an
individual's career many organizations provide training to help employees adjust to retirement.
effectiveness of training: While
perks and benefits are soon taken for granted and the effect on morale
short-lived, training improves long-term job satisfaction and the increased
career prospects gives morale a longer-term lift. Organizations which value
training are generally more successful. The way training is delivered also needs attention. A specific course
or student may be more suited to a particular style of learning -
classroom, practical workshop, individual self-study, or
right training delivered in the wrong way will not have the desired result! >>>