Monday, October 12, 2009
Role playing and simulation are training techniques that attempt to bring realistic decision making situations to the trainee. Likely problems and alternative solutions are presented for discussion. The adage there is no better trainer than experience is exemplified with this type of training. Experienced employees can describe real world experiences, and can help in and learn from developing the solutions to these simulations. This method is cost effective and is used in marketing and management training. Some times role playing activities can be categorized under the discussion methods too.
Job rotation also can be mentioned as a role playing method. Job rotation involves moving an employee through a series of jobs so he or she can get a good exposure to the tasks that are associated with different jobs. It is usually used in training for supervisory positions. The employee learns a little about everything. This is a good strategy for small businesses because of the many jobs an employee may be asked to do, and this strategy is used to manage individual stress at organizations.