HRMD 651 Week 7 Discussion / Current Perspectives in Training and Development.
In their textbook, Effective Training: Systems, Strategies, and Practices, Blanchard and Thacker (2013) state that on-the-job training is "the most frequently used training method . . .OJT is the preferred method for training employees for new technology and increasing skills in the use of existing technology” (p. 225). Blanchard and Simmering (n. d.) make the same point in the required reading this week. Have you experienced any on-the-job training? If so, was the training effective? Were the steps in the Job Instruction Technique (JIT) described in the Blanchard and Simmering reading followed?
3. The Week 1 T&D tool, the Listening Skills Quiz, was about assessing how well people listen. This week's tool, the Community Quilt, is more about hearing: did the listener hear what the speaker intended? The Community Quilt is a group activity that can be used for a variety of purposes. Read the instructions for administering the activity, then get a group of co-workers, family members, or friends together and try the activity with them (this activity will have more impact if you have a larger group). Simply read the instructions aloud to the group; do not answer any questions and ask them to keep their eyes closed until you tell them to open them. If all goes well, the end result will look something like the attached photo.