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1. Explain the importance of identifying individual performance deficiencies and development needs in planning and developing training and HRD programs.

2.Describe the relative merits of using a trainee's coworkers as potential trainers. What should be done to ensure that a coworker is an effective trainer? Also, what are your personal perceptions of utilizing coworkers as potential trainers?

3. How can a Nontraditional learning style can carry over in the workplace?

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1. Explain the importance of identifying individual performance deficiencies and development needs in planning and developing training and HRD programs.

According to Miller & Osinski (1996), in designing a training development program, the first step to be done is to conduct a needs assessment. The "need" which is described as a gap that has to be filled, has to be identified so that the training program will be developed in such a way that it addresses the needs (now and in the future) of the participants and organization. Needs can be classified as the differences between the organization's expectations and what is presently happening; the current and the desired job performance of employees; and the existing and the desired skills and competencies. Another purpose of a needs assessment is to assist in the improvement of performance and competencies of work teams; productivity or problem solving issues; and prepare for future changes in job duties or other future changes in the organization. As soon as the results are ready, the training manager sets the objectives and checks who needs the training and the kind of training that is needed. Sometimes the results will show that there is no need of training to fill in the gaps but there are other management solutions that can eliminate or reduce performance gaps. After the needs assessment, the objectives are identified and the design phase is started (Miller & Osinski, 1996).
In the process of collecting information about an organizational need (expressed or implied) that can be met through training, the needs assessment proves to be an indication of a desire to improve current performance or correcting a deficiency or a gap that doesn't meet the current standard. A ...

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The importance of identifying individual performance deficiencies and development needs in planning for HRD training programs, the merits of using a coworker as potential trainer and how a nontraditional learning style can be applied in the workplace. References are included.

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