Unit III Journal
Find an example in your current career or life to which one of the motivational theories can be applied. How would you apply the chosen theory? What do you expect the outcome to be? Your journal entry must be at least 200 words in length. No references or citations are necessary.
Unit III Case Study
For the case study, we will focus on the importance of safety and all parties helping to make safety a priority. The effectiveness of the safety training will depend on how prepared the participants are for the training and their perception of the training.
Review “Case: Safety First” located in the textbook on pages 199-200, and respond to the prompts below. You are not required to answer the questions at the end of the case study in the textbook.
- Examine the components of an effective training needs analysis for this scenario. What would the basic parts for a successful training program be?
- Describe how the training should be delivered, and briefly describe one motivational theory from those listed on pages 163–173 in the textbook and how it supports this type of training to enhance an organization’s performance.
BNSF Railway is a North American freight transportation company with over 32,000 miles of routes. BNSF Railway hauls agricultural, consumer, and industrial products and coal. BNSF Railway puts safety above everything else it does, including productivity. BNSF Railway recognizes that safety is based on having well-trained employees who share BNSF Railway’s vision for an injury- and accident-free workplace and who are willing to look out for one another. Thanks to its employees’ commitment, a carefully maintained network and equipment, and well-prepared communities, BNSF Railway is a safety leader in the rail industry. Approaching Others About Safety (AOAS) is a training program for all BNSF Railway employees. Four hundred and fifty BNSF Railway employees train their peers. Employees serve as trainers because page 200BNSF Railway believes they are in the best position to keep themselves and their peers safe. The goal of the program is for BNSF Railway employees to be confident about giving feedback to each other about safe behavior and avoiding unsafe situations. Employees need to learn the value of providing feedback when they see unsafe behavior or situations, including positively recognizing when someone is working safely or correcting them when they perceive another employee is at risk. Training should focus on the types of exposures that tend to result in the most injuries, including walking/path of travel around trains, rails, and equipment, pinch points between the railway cars, and climbing or descending locomotives and railway cars.
Describe the different types of instructional characteristics that this program should have for learning and transfer to occur and for a decrease in injuries and accidents to result. Would these characteristics vary depending on who was attending the program (e.g., managers, train crew, employees who maintain track, structures, or signals)? If so, how would they vary? Explain how a community of practice (COP) could be beneficial for this program.
Source: Based on M. Weinstein, “BNSF Railway Is on the Right Track,” training (January/February 2017), pp. 42–44; “BNSF Railway: Approaching Others About Safety,” training (January/February 2014), pp. 108–109; www.bnsf.com, website for BNSF Railways, accessed March 11, 2015.
Your case study should be at least two pages in length. You are not required to use APA style for this assignment; however, your writing should be clear and concise.
Unit IV Journal
Consider the evaluation methods discussed in this unit. What method would you select for your organization’s training? What factors led to this decision? Your journal entry must be at least 200 words in length. No references or citations are necessary.
Unit V Journal
Technology influences the process of learning. As a member of the workforce, how does technology affect the training demands in your work environment? How do you see technology changing your duties and responsibilities in the near future? Your journal entry must be at least 200 words in length. No references or citations are necessary.