Young people entering the
workforce today can expect to be laid off several times by the time they reach
age 50.3 As those laid off find new jobs, they discover what all new employees
do: You have to "relearn the ropesâ? in the new job setting. Orientation training,
the subject of the second part of this chapter, can ease that process considerably,
with positive results both for the new employee and for the company.
Trends such as leased employees, disposable managers, and free-agent workers
will make orientation even more important in the future. Let's begin by defining
training, and consider some emerging trends in this area.
What Is Training?
Training consists of planned programs designed to improve performance at the
individual, group, and/or organizational levels. Improved performance, in turn,
implies that there have been measurable changes in knowledge, skills, attitudes,
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