Inthe modern society, people may decide to take sabbatical leave fromwork related activities mainly because of health and social issues.An individual might perhaps find him or herself out of work for quitesome time to an extent that re-entering becomes a serious challenge.The modern society is changing at unprecedented rate and few peoplemight be able to cope with the new requirements of the job after thislong time. With a long time outside the job, a person’spreferences, passions, and motivators might have changed hencefinding a job that suits an individual career path is a challenge aswell(Kaufman, 2008). Therefore,it is very important for an individual to undergo some sort ofsocialization process to catch up the new changes at the place ofwork.
Theneed for vocational training
Theworkplace is considered a major socialization agent for an adultbecause he or she comes across new things each day. In this regard,the organization has to undertake steps that would facilitate smoothsocialization of an individual to cope with the new strategies,technologies, and methods. Since the market is different, theindividual who has been out of the work environment has to developnew behaviours to help him or her to deal with the new demands ofclients. Similarly, he or she has to learn new technologies, such asapplication of software and usage of the new methods. For somepeople, they might have taken long without handling a job relatedissue hence preparation is important to ensure things do not go wrongin the organization. Issues that are likely to crop up in the humanresource department include retention of the socialized employee,advancing his or her skills, determining the type of training to beadministered, and finally finding a suitable position within theorganization for the employee to occupy.
Work-readyemployee is the one who is willing and able to take up the vacantposition. This includes an employee with adequate training on variousissues that are likely to emerge in the organization. However, anyemployee has to be trained to sharpen his or her skills as per theorganization’s standards. Based on this, a work-ready employee hasto be taken through coaching to improve his or her soft skills toenhance performance. This might include organization for training inthe local learning institution to help the worker in handlingcustomers, representing the company in the conferences, and workingtowards fulfilling the major aims and objectives. In the event thatthe employee is from a different culture, he or she has to appreciatethe culture of others, what is popularly referred to asmulticulturalism. This has never been an easy task because culturalissues have always threatened the very survival of organization(Maugans, 2015).Cultures differ in many ways and the best way to cope with thesituation is to embrace cultural diversity. In the healthcare systemfor instance, the employee has to embrace culturally sensitivenursing where the interests and wishes of clients are take intoconsideration before administering a service. For instance, someclients might be holding some cultural beliefs on certain medicalaspects. In this case, the employee has to calm down, study thecultural aspect in question, and move on to offer the service that isclosely related to the demands and wishes of the client. However, theemployee must observe the organizational culture and ensure that theoffered service does not contradict with the culture of the company.
Thecourse material used in teaching the two sets of employees has to beconsistent with their needs and expectations. Since the trainer hasno time to teach the employees in detail, they have to be takenthrough only the fundamentals to ensure they grasp the most importantpoints that promote goal realization.
Onlytwo weeks are available for the trainer yet the course material hasto be delivered to these two categories of employees. Therefore, astrategy has to be designed to ensure nothing is left untouchedwithin this short period. Vocational training focuses on impartingskills and techniques on employees as one way of preparing them forthe tougher tasks ahead. The work-ready employee has to be givenspecific set of knowledge that matches his or her expectations. Basedin this, the trainer will only focus on areas that improve skills,such as introducing them to new computer software.
Forthe employee who has not been in the industry for quite some time hasto undergo some training such as introducing them to the neworganizational culture where customers are valued and come first.Without updating them with what has been happening in the market,they may end up using the oldest methods in handling customers, whichmight perhaps end up damaging the reputation for the company.
Kaufman,B.E. (2008). Managingthe Human Factor: The Early Years of Human Resource Management inAmerican Industry.Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press.
Maugans,C. (2015). "21St Century Human Resources: Employee Advocate,Business Partner, Or Both?." CornellHR Review,3(1),1-4.