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Using a Case Study to Evaluate Training Needs

Case Study:

In 1987, Ms. Dillman was hired by IMP to work in Hangar 3 at North American International Airport as a seamstress in their fabric shop. After six months, the workload dropped, so Ms. Dillman approached her supervisor and asked for additional responsibilities. He sent her to the sheet metal shop. A number of months passed, and she approached the supervisor and asked if her classification could be changed from fabric worker to sheet metal technician; he complied.

At 20 years of age, she was the only woman out of about 100 employees working in Hangar 3. She often received special attention in terms of help and guidance, which she indicated she appreciated. But it was a male-dominated environment, and the language was crude and vulgar. Having pictures of naked women in the locker room was prohibited, but such pictures were posted and little was done about it. There was also evidence that in apprenticeship programs, men received extensive training, whereas women in the same programs received minimal training.

Mr. Pettipas was a long-time employee at IMP. In 1989, Ms. Dillman was assigned to work for him, and he was to provide her with on-the-job training. The first problem arose when Ms. Dillman made a mistake. Mr. Pettipas erupted in a torrent of verbal abuse directed at her. No one had ever heard him act so inappropriately. The incident caused Ms. Dillman to ask if she could be reassigned; the request was granted. When Mr. Pettipas was working in other hangars, things went fine. But when Mr. Pettipas was in her vicinity, he always made snide comments and insinuations. On one occasion, he screamed at her, calling her a tramp and troublemaker. He said she was not welcome in the workplace. Whenever he went by her, he would say something derogatory. By 1990, everyone in Hangar 3 knew of the situation between the two employees.

In late 1990, a series of meetings between Pettipas, Dillman, a company representative, and a union representative were held in an attempt to defuse the situation. But Mr. Pettipas refused to admit that he had done anything wrong. The union representative and manager involved agreed that a warning letter would be placed in Mr. Pettipas's file relating to his treatment of Ms. Dillman, and it would remain there for two years. In response, Mr. Pettipas went to see Mr. Rowe, the president and CEO of IMP, and convinced him to remove the letter. Mr. Pettipas then went around the hanger bragging to everyone that he had won.

All this had a devastating effect on Ms. Dillman, and in early May of 1991, she went on long-term disability for a few months. When she returned, she met with the HR manager to discuss the difficulty with Mr. Pettipas. He suggested that she take more time off, which she did.

In January of 1992, Ms. Dillman was transferred to another hangar, where she was involved with air frame construction. In the nine months she was there, the supervisor often complimented her on the quality of her work. None of her work was ever rejected. Then she received word that she was being transferred back to Hangar 3. Even though her own supervisor had nothing but praise for her work, the director of aircraft maintenance had given the order because "her work was not up to standard." When she questioned the director, he gave no specifics. When she indicated the problem regarding going back to Hangar 3, he promised to look into it. Nothing happened and she was sent back to Hangar 3.

She filed a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. As a result of the commission's findings, IMP had to pay Ms. Dillman about $30,000. IMP was also ordered to provide training to all employees, on company time.

Case Questions: Answer the following questions, assuming you have been contacted to provide this training.
1. In your view, How would training contribute towards business goals and objectives?
Explain briefly what will be the role of the designed training and development policy for IMP?

2. Describe a systematic approach to IMP's training and development?
Elaborated on each stage of the training approach process.

3. What would you suggest in the way of evaluation of the training?
How would you evaluate that the designed training accomplished its objectives? How would you convince top management that it would be worth it?

4. Prepare a training feedback form for the training designed.

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Training Needs
1. In your view, how would training contribute towards business goals and objectives? Explain briefly what will be the role of the designed training and development policy for IMP?

Training is a necessary element in business no matter what the industry. It enables employees to learn techniques and skills they may not have. The following things should be done for training purposes:
1) Women and men should be trained equally.
2) Abusive harassment needs to stop.
3) Employees need to learn how to respect each other.

2. Describe a systematic approach to IMP's training and development? Elaborated on each stage of the training approach process.

The training process should be as follows:
1) All employees of the company need to be evaluated for their skills and attitudes.
2) A job description needs to be created for each employee.
3) The goals of each employee need to be determined and placed in writing.
4) Each employee needs to have a one-on-one with the supervisor where goals and skills will be discussed.
5) Each employee ...

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