GetSmart Productivity System (GPS) and the importance of Life-Long Learning
Singapore Government is taking the lead in promoting “life-long learning”. There are ample financial assistance schemes available for employees as well as for the organizations to tap on for Life-Long Learning. Courses available for adults and matured employees range from Certificate Level, to PHD. Many of them are funded through the existing support systems through Workforce Development Agency (WDA), IAL, Life-Long Learning Institute, and other Approved Training Organizations (ATO’s). For more information refer to www.mom.gov.sg; www.wda.gov.sg; and www.moe.gov.sg
The existing adult learning programs available are mostly geared towards knowledge-based, and/or skill-based learning. I am of the opinion that there should be more emphasis on developing individuals’ “Affective domain” for productivity growth and long-term sustenance.
The 3-Legged Model of my GetSmart Productivity System (GPS) is geared towards addressing the “Affective domain” in addition to the “Knowledge, and Skill Domains”. It focuses on the importance of developing a conducive work environment to support productivity growth and sustenance by practicing TRIAL + (4) at the workplace. The following paragraph briefly explains what is TRIAL + (4).
T=Trust; R=Respect; I=Integrity; A=Accountability; L=Leveling (Fair Play). The plus 4 factors are: Frequency in communication; Giving credit when due; Telling employees in advance about changes that would affect them; and Treating employees as individuals.
I believe that I can change my work environment if I continue to practice TRIAL + (4). I also believe that there will be great teamwork and team-building when employees practice TRIAL + (4) at their respective work environments.
Effective teamwork and team-building will bring about sustainable productivity growth in organizations through life-long learning.
GPS works. It works all the time.
Two questions came to mind when I reflected on the above:
1. How do you measure the effectiveness of employee training?
2. When was the last time you attended a classroom training, and what did you learn?