Training methods are most readily classified as formal or informal and on-the-job or off the-job.
Historically, training meant formal training. It is planned in advance and has a structured format.
Organizations are increasingly relying on informal training.
Unstructured, unplanned, and easily adapted to situations and individuals
Most informal training is nothing other than employees helping each other out. They share information and solve work-related problems with one another.
4. On-the-job training includes job rotation, apprenticeships, understudy assignments, and formal mentoring programs.
The primary drawback of these methods is that they often disrupt the workplace.
5. Organizations are investing increasingly in off-the-job training—nearly $60 billion annually.
6. What types of training might this include?
The most popular is live classroom lectures.
It also encompasses videotapes, public seminars, self-study programs, internet courses, satellite-beamed television classes, and group activities that use role-plays and case studies.
7. Recently, e-training (computer-based training) is the fastest growing training delivery mechanism.