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Don’t Leave On-the-Job Training to Chance

People become experts at their job by learning while doing. But when your employees need to develop a new skill, how do you ensure they all receive the same experience if a trainer isn’t leading and guiding them? Most on-the-job training programs leave learners to sink or swim with whomever is overseeing their work. One worker may excel with a mentor who allows her to take charge of what she learns—while a second may get someone who uses the opportunity to offload paperwork and other administrative tasks.

Learning While Working: Structuring Your On-the-Job Training shows you how to provide the focus and direction needed to track on-the-job progress and build a pipeline of better-skilled workers. Author Paul Smith combines real insight into building a structured program for project managers at the Waldinger Corporation with in-depth interviews of experienced learning and development professionals. Discover how a well-designed structured on-the-job training program can be your company’s talent development answer to a Swiss Army knife.

This book doesn’t prescribe a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, it will help you prepare a tailored, sustainable structured on-the-job training program for your organization. Included are practical tips to set defined roles for the learner, mentor, and trainer; create a tracking tool to clearly document skill growth; and ensure organizational learning gets put to use.

On-the-job training won’t replace all employee development happening in the classroom, online, or through peer sharing of best practices. But by bringing order to these often disconnected and siloed efforts, you can fortify the learning structure that your organization needs to succeed.

Book Details
ISBN: 9781947308541
Pages: 192
Publication Date:
Formats: Paperback, PDF
Product Code: 111809
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Praise for This Book
President, Award-Winning Results
Learning While Working's well-defined model of structured on-the-job training offers a win-win-win—benefitting employees, supervisors and the organization—with its powerful combination of empowerment and accountability.
CEO, TalentGrow Author, Employee Development on a Shoestring
In Learning While Working, Paul Smith helps us understand why structured on-the-job training is even better than on-the-job training, breaking down how to create SOJT programs from start to finish. Based on his deep experience and that of many experts, Paul provides practical guidance to help you sell the idea; design, develop, implement, and promote the program; and show its effectiveness with data.
Chairman, ROI Institute Author, The Business Case for Learning
In this book, Paul Smith shows how to make learning for work structured, using in a practical presentation with tools, support, mentors, and implementation, all beginning with business needs. A must for the learning library.
President and CEO, Jim Smith Jr. International
Have you ever been at work, years in, when you said to yourself, ‘I wish I knew then what I know now?’ In Learning While Working, Paul Smith provides tools, tips, and strategies organizations need to get their new team members to peak performance a lot sooner.
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