Considering two options to promote the transfer of trained skills.
The first option is a self-coaching workbook that managers would complete once a week for ten weeks on the job after training. There are three components to complete each week. The first component is a behavioral checklist to assess the frequency of skill use. For example, managers reflect on how often they have established clear and specific goals for employees, praised performance improvements, and worked with employees to develop performance improvement strategies. In the second component, managers write down answers to open ended questions. The final component is a goal-setting activity in which managers establish performance improvement goals.
The second option is a feedback intervention, where managers receive feedback from their employees in a formal report four weeks after training. To obtain the feedback for the report, the managers’ employees complete assessments on the managers’ performance, which are then forwarded to an outside consultant. The consultant then creates a formal feedback report for the managers. The feedback report has three components. First, the managers are provided with data regarding the frequency in which they engaged in behaviors addressed during training . Second, they are provided with employees’ written comments regarding their performance. Third, and parallel to the self-coaching program, managers have a worksheet to complete to establish performance improvement goals.
What are the pros and cons of the self-coaching workbook?
What are the pros and cons of the feedback intervention?
Which option do you think would better promote skill use? Explain your choice.