Comentary On Line Training
Constant training, retraining, job-hopping, and even career-hopping, will become the norm, predict Mary O'Hara-Devereaux and Robert Johansen (qtd. in Pritchett 45). This makes the trainer's position all the more valuable in the work place. The demand for training will continue to increase as employees move more frequently from job to job. It is important that trainers realize and act upon this fact. Training programs will need to fit the changing needs of the work force. Many of the employees will enter a new position with prior experience and need to be brought up to speed quickly. Optimization of resources, in this case the resources each new employee brings to the company, will be important.
The implementation and use of training programs within companies is many times a vital resource that assists in the overall success of the company. "Industrial leaders have made it clear that one important factor for attaining economic competitiveness is adequate levels of knowledge and skills in the work force" (Gordon 2). Training departments strive to prepare employees to optimize their potential for success within the company. At the same time, these training programs should be optimizing the potential of their department. In order to do this, training departments need to reassess their training programs. There are numerous opportunities available through multimedia such as the Internet, online training programs, CD-ROM training, and many more.
Trainers need to continually to be aware of their surrounding and the environment they work within. Many facets of the corporate world impact the workplace environment, and these facets continue to change at ever-increasing rates. As part of the Information Age, job tasks and their requisite knowledge are becoming more complex. This complexity is "causing training professionals to turn to a wide range of educational methods to make their instructional programs more effective and more efficient" (Gordon 3). One of these alternative educational methods is technology. Technology options include computer-aided instruction, on-line help systems, simulations, and various types of interactive multimedia systems (Gordon 3).
As technology continues to gain importance in the workplace, trainers should explore new possibilities for conveying information. The Internet and World Wide Web will increase in their usability and usefulness as more and more people contribute ideas and suggestions. The Internet presents many opportunities for training departments, especially when dealing with international or widespread companies. When employees are located in many places, sometimes internationally, training departments must address those employees' needs as well as those employees in the same building as the training department. Providing consistent and economical training to all employees is certainly a challenge.
As economics continue to shape corporate budgets and decisions,...