Employee development is modified to fit the position, industry, job duties, and employees’ career plans. Likewise, different forms of training are better suited for certain jobs, such as apprenticeships for skilled trades and mentoring and onboarding for professional occupations. Training or mentoring programs are flexible in terms of time and amount of instruction they provide. Commonly, apprenticeships and onboarding are for shorter, defined periods. Job shadowing and mentor-mentee relationships can support continuous employee development over an extended period.
Onboarding is an example of training for newly hired management level employees. This training can last several weeks and consists of interaction with various departments and colleagues. It improves a new manager’s appreciation for department functions, interdepartmental relationships, and his colleagues’ responsibilities. A typical onboarding program for a human resources manager starts with learning the functions of the department he was hired to manage — getting acquainted…
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