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Employee Training and Career Development Paper HRM/300 September 23, 2012 Dr.

Laura-Ann Migliore

Employee Training and Career Development Paper Inside any successful organization, there will be strong training and career development programs and systems. To recognize strong training and career development programs, one should know the: definition, methods, successes, HRM involvement, and their own wants and needs. To clarify understanding of these, the following will be described in detail: training and development by definition and how they fit into most organizations; the various methods used to train and promote career development; the direct correlation to organizational growth and success from training and development; the clearly defined role of Human Resource Management (HRM) in career development; and, finally, employees looking toward the future and what they may want and should look for in their career development. As aforementioned, the first step is in understanding training and how it fits into organizations. Development and Training Training and development are paramount for the success of any organization. A company that does not grow is a company that cannot succeed. To grow, organizations must keep current on the latest technologies and practices. The online business dictionary defines development and training as, “the official and ongoing educational activities within an organization designed to enhancement the fulfillment and performance of employees” (The Business Dictionary, 2012). By this definition, providing employees with continued educational activities. This is how a company can keep employees current and with the most up to date practices. These continued educational activities come in a variety of training methods.

Assistant-To Positions Qualified employees may get the opportunity to work for and with specialized managers or other corporate heads to learn from these individuals. 2007). be an individual as well as team member. This method moves individuals around different departments giving the opportunity to learn from and gain exposure to all the different departments. committee assignment. and begin making managerial team decisions. Simulations Simulation is a method of training that works especially well for individuals who need to make decisions in stressful situations or who operate equipment and cannot rely on their first experience by a live situation. simulations. It teaches individuals how to trust their decisions.Training Methods There are many different forms of training methods available to organizations. and perseverance . This requires employees to go to classes and learn from speakers and may or may not require actual course work. These methods include but are not limited to: job rotation. lecture courses and seminars. and outdoor training (DeCenzo & Robbins. Lecture Courses and Seminars This method uses the more standard approach to learning. learn from others. assistant-to positions. This allows for their voice to be hear. Outdoor Training Often this method looks like a retreat or survival experience. Below is a brief description of each of these different methods of training: Job Rotation A common training method for large companies is Job Rotation. Committee Assignment This method allows for employees to share in the decision making process.

2007). and much of that is on the job mentoring. Though these are only short descriptions. and title earned over a long period of time rather than a snapshot in time (Business Dictionary. a single person can span their entire career at one place climbing the ranks and making accomplishments or that same person can do the same but working through multiple companies. it truly is up to the individual to develop their career. Though this seems high for many companies. But by doubling the normal training they have been able to grow and succeed where other large IT groups are starting to fail. Career Development and HRM Careers are a very personalized for they are the culmination of all the occupational actions taken. an information technology application giant. when this is in fact they very time they need to invest heavily into training (Sommers.5 days. not formal class work (BLS. With the ladder in mind. 5-6. According to the Department of Labor. jobs held. they averaged over 11. One can only image what it could be like if the dedicated two or three full week of training per year.5 training days per employee per year or about 92 hours (SAP. they illustrate the variety of training methods that are available to an organization. the average company only trains an employee 40-50 hours. If a company trains employees year after year consistently. Human Resource Management is not required to help in career development. 2012). Many companies cut training as an expense when times get tough or when they feel they need to maximize productivity and profit. progresses made. it only averages out to 4. per year. they begin working on career development. From this understanding. According to the SAP.5% of a workers time at a job place every year. Should an organization use one or a combination of these methods. 2010). they can work towards operational growth and success.(DeCenzo & Robbins. Growth and Training The continued learning and growth of employees is vital to any companies overall success. HRM is only responsible for assistance and information to the employee like trainings and . 2012). 2005).

2007). attracts and retains employees.policies. Even though HRM is not responsible for careers. it is still very important to them as it ensures needed talent availability. Conclusion As shown. adds diversity. they need to leverage every opportunity their current HR offers. provides quality. Instead of bringing in high-priced talent the company would rather promote from within. the employee needs to look at the organization. ensures growth development for minorities. and promotes organizational goodwill (DeCenzo & Robbins. offering budget for out of company trainings and course. Does it have the proper management training? Will there be opportunities to gain promotion? Does the company promote frequently? For the Sr. they also offer a reward program to entice employees to go above and beyond their recommended trainings for the year. In five years. Systems Analyst. reduces employee frustrations. and offer tuition reimbursement for college level course should they want to take them. This would seem to fill the needs of any potential employee who would like to be on a career driven path. the answer is yes. Outside of these benefits. may be looking at how to get to management or higher paying job. on all accounts. HRM is vital in organizing deployment and training opportunities for employees but is . To do that. employee development and training are critical to a company’s success and growth. someone who is a Sr. They believe in and continuously invest in their employees futures by offering in house training. As an employee grows and looks forward a few years. Systems Analyst. This knowledge can help any employee in both current and future endeavors. they must ask the questions: how can the current company be leveraged for career development and will they be sufficient for all needs? To answer. Career Reflections As employees look to the future they must look at it from their past and present opportunities.

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